CHIPPEWA FALLS, WIS. (Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Extrusion Dies Industries LLC is relocating its flat die remanufacturing operation in Chippewa Falls to a larger, dedicated facility that focuses on die rework, spare-parts fabrication and other aftermarket services.
The move is part of EDI's ongoing lean manufacturing initiative, according to Kelly Harings-Mrozinski, director of marketing. It will reduce the time needed to work on dies sent in for cleaning, resurfacing, repairs or enhancements such as upgrading from a manual to an automatic die, she said.
The Aftermarket Services Center, which measures 12,800 square feet, is housed in a separate area of EDI's Technology Center, not far from the headquarters site.
Moving remanufacturing into its own area will free up space in the headquarters building for EDI's new-die business, according to Scott Smith, global aftermarket manager.
In addition to reworking flat dies, EDI will use the Aftermarket Services Center to rework blown film dies and resurfacing worn or damaged rubber rolls used in film and coating processes.
Smith said EDI will operate the aftermarket facility on a five–day, 24-hour business. “We're prepared to expand to seven days as demand warrants,” he said.