Minneapolis, Minnesota-US equipment supplier Graco announced 13 Oct that its GusmerDecker business, which makes reaction injection moulding (RIM) equipment, will be moving from Lakewood, New Jersey to North Canton, Ohio in November 2006.
"The more centralised location will better serve North American RIM and automotive customers," said a Graco statement.
"By staging and overlapping critical functions between the Lakewood and North Canton locations, we will provide uninterrupted service during the relocation," commented Jeff Johnson, Graco's director of sales and marketing for the RIM group, in the company's announcement.
"We have also increased components and systems inventory to ensure uninterrupted supply to our customers," added Johnson.
The Ohio plant has a new 58 000 sq.ft (540 sq.m) expansion, and is fully equipped to support increased RIM production and other critical business functions, according to Graco.
The new location also has a 10 000 sq.ft demonstration centre to allow improved customer training for application and product development, and an additional 30 000 sq.ft for staging requirements of large projects.
GusmerDecker's technical service and sales team will remain spread throughout the US and Canada, Graco said.
GusmerDecker's range of equipment supports polyurethane producers, offering single metering machines and mixing heads as well as equipment for processing two-component polyurethane and hybrid urethane chemicals.
Graco acquired the plant at Lakewood last year as part of its acquisition of PU equipment supplier Gusmer. It currently employs about 120 people, said Graco.
The group announced the move earlier this year and said it would cost about $5 million. At the same time, Graco said it was moving a spray foam production unit from Villanova, Spain, to Minneapolis. The Villanova operation was also part of the Gusmer acquisition.
The Minneapolis-based group estimated that consolidation of these locations would cost about $4-$6 million over the remainder of this year.