Officials of ReifenhÃ¤user GmbH & Co. KG are scouting locations for a new U.S. headquarters, on the heels of the German firm's purchase of Kiefel Extrusion GmbH.
Ulrich ReifenhÃ¤user, managing director, and Edgar Gandelheidt, who heads the newly named ReifenhÃ¤user Kiefel Extrusion GmbH, made the announcement Sept. 1, during a stop at the U.S. operations of both companies.
Ulrich ReifenhÃ¤user said the company is looking for a new location that is an easy commute for employees of both locations.
Reifenhauser Inc. is based in Ipswich, Mass., in northeastern Massachusetts, about 30 miles south of Kiefel Inc. in Hampton, N.H.
We have formed a very strong entity, and this entity has a perfect station in the Boston area, ReifenhÃ¤user said. We are looking at this location.
Reifenhauser moved into the 19,000-square-foot building, which formerly housed the Ipswich newspaper, in 2000.
Film equipment maker Kiefel Inc. has been in Hampton for about a year. The company left Wrentham, Mass., and moved in with a sister company, thermoforming machinery supplier Kiefel Technologies Inc.
Bruckner Technology Holding GmbH sold Kiefel to ReifenhÃ¤user. The deal included Kiefel's blown film machinery business, but Bruckner retained the Kiefel GmbH thermoforming machinery business.
Ulrich ReifenhÃ¤user said he and Gandelheidt did not look for locations during their U.S. visit, which they made shortly after the deal was announced in Germany. The main objective was meeting directly with employees of Reifenhauser Inc. and Kiefel Inc.
The most important thing was to show our faces in the U.S., and to talk to people here. This is a tremendous, exciting trip, ReifenhÃ¤user said.
Reifenhauser Inc. and Kiefel Inc. together employ about 10 at their U.S. operations. Ulrich ReifenhÃ¤user said the new, combined company will retain all the employees. It uses 16 manufacturers' representative firms.
The U.S. and Canadian market is an important one for ReifenhÃ¤user Kiefel Extrusion, which currently has around 900 production lines installed in the United States and Canada, according to officials.
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