Bull Engineered Products Inc. recently refurbished and moved into an 18,000-square-foot facility to nearly triple its manufacturing area.
We basically ran out of room. Now we have room to start growing again, owner and founder Gary Dickison said in a recent telephone interview.
The new space allows Charlotte, N.C.-based Bull to add services such as ultrasonic welding and pad printing. The company also added a 300-ton Milacron injection press, and it plans to add two more machines in the coming year.
We've already booked more business than last year, he said, noting that the year is only starting. The company does work for automotive, medical, sporting goods and industrial customers. Dickison said Bull opened in early 2001 and has grown every year since.
The name came about, according to Dickison, because I am a big fan of the American way, and [the bull] is the icon of the American way.
The company runs eight injection presses, a mix of Milacron and Demag machines with clamping forces of 60-450 tons. It is ISO 9001:2000 registered.
The company moved about five miles, from an 8,500-square-foot, leased facility to a building that formerly housed a chemical distribution company. The old building had only about 6,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Dickison said.
Bull started its move in August, but the work on its new home was not completed until late October. It made major changes as it was moving in, he said. It reconfigured offices, set up space for a quality-control lab, a machine shop, new offices and a conference room. It also installed air conditioning for the entire facility, creating climate-controlled areas and moving it toward clean room status.
Dickison said Bull does design, development, production and assembly work. He added that the firm's goal for 2009 is to get more into branded products.