ROCKFORD, ILL. (Oct. 26, 3:25 p.m. ET) — Invensys plc, the parent of controls maker Eurotherm Inc., is opening the Rockford Center of Excellence in Rockford.
Invensys Operations Management is housed in the center. The center includes Eurotherm's research and development and engineering departments, Maco systems repair and a systems and product training facility for customers.
Invensys Operations Management is based in Plano, Texas. Eurotherm, which makes the Maco controller for plastics processing equipment, is in Ashburn, Va.
Rick Jarrell, Eurotherm North America operations manager, said the company's products such as Maco controllers and brands like Action Instruments and Continental are well-known in the plastics processing, automation and machine controls market.
“The investment we made in this facility proves that we are fully engaged in this market with a long-term commitment to our global customer base,” Jarrell said.
Steve Schroeder, Eurotherm's business development manager for plastics, said the company had been located in an older building in Rockford. Invensys moved manufacturing of cards and circuit boards for Maco controllers to Asia, where the majority of its Maco units are sold.
Invensys will continue to install the electronic components, and do controller assembly, at the new Rockford Center of Excellence, Schroeder said.
The center employs about 20.