Flat-die maker Cloeren Inc. CEO Peter Cloeren jumped onto a big excavator to break ground for a multimillion-dollar expansion of one of the firm's plants in Orange, Texas, in an Aug. 14 ceremony.
The expansion, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2013, increases the size of the plant to 37,500 square feet, from the current 27,500 square feet. The larger space will accommodate several new machine tools, including a multiaxis computer numerically controlled mill, slated for commissioning next March.
Employees at that plant cut steel and do machining and grinding. Also in Orange, a 60,000-square-foot plant nearby, does assembly and polishing. The company also has facilities in Eau Claire, Wis., and Marshall, Texas. Combined square footage of all its plants is about 200,000 square feet.
“While business remains fickle, overall business recovery continues on a gradual upward trend, and this expansion positions us to take advantage of developing business opportunities,” Peter Cloeren said. “While the industry trend may be to offshore, we believe we can compete efficiently and effectively by keeping our manufacturing consolidated at our home base in the USA.”
Cloeren is a family-owned maker of extrusion dies, coextrusion feed blocks and related technology.