CORONA, CALIF. — Pipe fitting and valve maker China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd. has officially settled into a permanent home in the U.S., opening its Lesso America Inc. subsidiary in Corona, Calif., with 12 Haitian injection molding presses.
The year-long infrastructure, equipment-acquisition and improvement project required significant investments, Victor Lin, Lesso America president, said in an interview at an open house at the new facility.
Lesso America first leased about 140,000 square feet in 2012, and started its U.S. base by using a portion of the space to warehouse plumbing and irrigation components that were imported from China.
Now, manufacturing occupies about 30,000 square feet of the space. Initial production involves plumbing and irrigation parts of up to 4 inches in diameter.
Lesso developed more than 1,000 molds for products for the U.S. market at a cost of more than $10 million, Lin said.
Offices, a showroom and two conference rooms are on site, and Lesso America is installing additional 20-foot-high racks in the warehouse.
The energy-efficient Mars 2 series servo-hydraulic molding machines from Haitian International Holdings Ltd. include six of 281 tons, four of 360 tons and two of 528 tons.