What Does This Means for Metal Fabrication Businesses?
There is good news for metal fabrication companies in the United States, especially for companies that are based in the Southeast. Amada America has broken ground for a 162,000-square-foot plant for metal fabrication manufacturing in High Point, North Carolina. This site, the Carolina Technical Center and Manufacturing Center, will also be the location for a 50,000 square-foot technical center. This new plant will produce blanking automation and press brakes. Buying machinery locally will be an easier process, especially when considering new machinery for sale.
According to Mike Guerin, Chief Operating Officer of Amada America, based in Buena Park, California, the technical center will be in the front of the complex and the manufacturing facility will be situated in the back. The plant will produce automation for lasers and press brakes as new machinery for sale. When asked which press brakes would be made at the new plant, Guerin said that while he could not publicly release the name, he could say that the press brakes would be made from a new model and would feature automatic tool change (ATC) capabilities. Guerin said that Amada would be much closer to the customer base at the new site.
The construction is expected to take around eighteen months. Once the project is complete, the plant should bring in around 200 jobs to the local community between 2020 and 2024. This new plant construction follows the recent acquisition of Advanced Technology Sales & Service in Greensboro, North Carolina, a large machine distributor in the Southeast.
Many of Amada America’s existing customers who buy new and used machinery are close geographically to the new plant, such as Active Machinery in Apex, NC, Metalworking Solutions in Chattanooga, TN, and Southern Metalcraft in Lithonia, GA. The plant is Amada America’s second main manufacturing facility in the United States. Amada opened a manufacturing plant that produces laser cutting machines in Brea, California, in 2013. With this centrally located facility in North Carolina, buying used machinery for sale will eventually be much easier as the market expands in the area.
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