South Bend, Ind. — Norres North America Inc. has made major growth strides during the last four and a half years and has plans in place to continue that upward climb, including bringing production of more plastic products to the U.S.
A subsidiary of Germany-based Norres Schlauchtechnik, Norres North America was established in 2014 when the firm purchased a 30,000-square-foot plant and warehouse that sits on 3.67 acres in South Bend. The warehouse operation began operating immediately, and in mid-2015, in a 15,000-square-foot refurbished section of the site, the firm started producing hose for sale in the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets.
It has grown rapidly since then. In the last three years alone, the North American subsidiary has experienced double digit growth, according to Mark Bobonick, director of sales and operations at the North American unit. And, he added, it is on track for another double digit year in 2019.
Originally the North American business began operating with just two or three people.
“Over the years we have added key staff members in our manufacturing, sales, warehouse and shipping departments,” he said. It currently employs about 18 people. “We also utilize manufacturing sales representatives covering the majority of the North American market.”
Presently the subsidiary produces Airduc, Protape and Chip Profile high temperature hose lines. “As it sits right now, [the North American plant] can manufacture roughly 50-60 percent of all products that can be found in our most recent catalog and what is shown at our website,” Bobonick said. “We look to evolve even further, expanding additional lines over the next few years as we continue to grow and penetrate both new and existing markets.”
Norres North America also plans to launch production of the firm’s Norplast line of full plastic hose in the U.S. market. The company believes the line will help it gain even further penetration into the agriculture, plastics and food segments, he said.
“We have really carved out a special niche but are rapidly expanding our manufacturing capacity to fuel even stronger growth in the years to come,” Bobonick said. “This increased capacity will offer even greater technology, and position us to manufacture with even lower costs that we will be able to pass on to our customers.”