Vecoplan LLC, which makes heavy-duty grinders, shredders and recycling equipment, has doubled the size of its factory building to 60,000 square feet.
Officials held a grand opening on Sept. 15.
``The decision to expand our building was driven by the continually increasing demand for our shredders and systems, especially our systems,'' said Len Beusse, chief operating officer of Vecoplan, in a news release. ``Over the last five years, we've had more and more customers that come to us for a total waste management solution, not just a shredder in a box.''
Vecoplan was created in 2000 when High Point, N.C.-based ReTech Industries Inc. merged with Vecoplan Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. of Bad Marienberg, Germany. The company moved into a 30,000-square-foot North American headquarters building in 2002.
A contingent of officials from Germany came to the open house, joining Vecoplan employees and vendors.
Of the total for the original building, 25,000 square feet was dedicated to manufacturing and warehousing, and 5,000 was office space. The expansion doubled the size of both manufacturing/warehouse and offices, so now the manufacturing and warehouse area measures 50,000 square feet and offices occupy 10,000 square feet.
Vecoplan officials said the expansion in High Point was a multi-million dollar investment but did not release the specific amount.
Vecoplan sells its large shredding and recycling equipment into several industries, including plastics, recycling, woodworking, printing and converting, secure document destruction and waste processing and recovery.
An enlarged warehouse section includes a new test laboratory, a machinery storage area and showroom, and a staging and shipping area.
The lab is designed for Vecoplan's own research and development, and lets customers view their waste materials being processed in a real-world environment, the company said.
In addition to the expansion of the main building, Vecoplan added a 9,000-square-foot building to store machinery components at one end of an enlarged rear parking lot. That building also can accommodate the company's future manufacturing needs.