SHELTON, CONN. - Compression Engineering recently opened another product development center, its sixth in just under three years. The new, 18,000-square-foot center, located in Shelton, will serve customers and markets in the mid-Atlantic region. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Compression Engineering offers Compressed Product Development to shorten product development cycles while optimizing part or product design. Services provided by the company at each of its six centers include engineering analysis, rapid prototyping, urethane casting, bridge tooling and low-volume injection molding.
Compression Engineering's rapid growth since opening its first facility in Indianapolis in 1993 reflects the need for outside sources ``to gain efficiencies in product development,'' said Jim Bell, director of the Connecticut facility. ``We believe we're unique in focusing all of our services on getting the customer to market as quickly as possible,'' he added.
The company also has product development centers in Atlanta; Eau Claire, Wis.; St. Louis; and Orange County, Calif. Other areas under review for future sites include the Southwest, Northwest and Mountain regions.
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