DUSSELDORF, GERMANY—Sandretto USA Inc., a subsidiary of Italian injection press manufacturer Sandretto Industrie SpA, will move its headquarters from the Cleveland area to a Pittsburgh suburb next year, the company announced at K'98.
Meanwhile, plans are proceeding to start U.S. manufacturing.
Sandretto is building a 22,000-square-foot building in Freedom, Pa., north of Pittsburgh. Sandretto currently is based in leased office space in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The company moved to Ohio from New Jersey three years ago.
Sandretto picked the Pittsburgh area to be close to its U.S. parent company, Cannon USA, in Cranberry Township, Pa., just 2 miles from Freedom, said Tony Firth, vice president and general manager of Sandretto USA.
Cannon Group in Trezzano, Italy, bought Turin-based Sandretto, Italy's largest injection molding machine builder, last year. As previously reported, Cannon's 70,000- square-foot Pennsylvania plant will assemble Sandretto machines. Firth said Cannon will start with pilot production to check out the quality and availability of locally sourced components, such as the machine base and guarding, and electrical and hydraulic parts. Sandretto already sources some screws and barrels from U.S. suppliers.
``When [U.S. sales] volumes reach the requisite level, the assembly would be spun off into its own assembly facility,'' Firth said in an interview at Sandretto's booth at K'98. When that happens, he said, Sandretto will need another factory building. The Freedom administrative headquarters will not be used for manufacturing, he said. Firth declined to give a target sales number.
``We're moving ahead [with U.S. manufacturing], but in a measured way,'' Firth said.
Sandretto will bring all 12 Middleburg Heights employees to the Pennsylvania headquarters. Firth said support from employees was key to the decision to move.
``If that would've been an issue, we probably would still be in Cleveland,'' he said.
The new headquarters will include about 4,000 square feet of offices, a machine demonstration area and training facilities.
The remaining area will be used for warehousing, machine preparation and spare parts, the company said.