Engel North America is investing US$2 million to expand its injection press assembly site in Guelph, adding 25,000 square feet of warehouse space and office space totaling 7,000 square feet.
Reinhard Rieder, executive vice president of North American operations, said construction should be complete by September.
The new warehouse space is at the back of the building. Currently, the warehouse area is sandwiched between two assembly bays - not the most efficient layout, Rieder said.
``As Engel has grown over the years in sections, it has lost a little bit of manufacturing flow,'' Rieder said at a May 22 plant tour. ``What we're trying to get to is that everything flows to where it's needed.''
The Guelph factory makes injection presses with clamping forces up to 500 tons. A second building in Guelph makes robots. Engel North America builds larger injection presses in York, Pa.
The expansion also will give Engel a dedicated customer service center in Guelph with a separate entrance and parking. The center will house training classes, mold tests, service and spare parts operations and Engel's processing and new technology development.
Engel employs about 500 in Guelph. The parent company, Engel Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, is based in Schwertberg, Austria.
In technology news, Engel will introduce its Classic Power hybrid injection press to North America this summer, said Walter Jungwirth, executive vice president of sales and marketing. Engel already sells the press, which combines electric and hybrid power, in Europe.
Jungwirth also announced that Engel is adding larger sizes of its all-electric press, the e-motion. The tiebarless machine currently tops out at 165 tons, but Jungwirth said Engel will add all-electrics with clamping forces of 200 and 400 tons.
Engel officials also are trying to change the mix of machines they sell. Currently, unit press sales from the Guelph plant are split between special-order machines and standard machines, Jungwirth said. Engel leaders want to boost sales of standard presses.