Lenze America’s opens facility for Electro-Mechanical assembly23 May 2012
Lenze Americas, the German drive and automation systems manufacturer operating in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, opened its new assembly facility in Glendale Heights, Chicago, Illinois at the end of March.
The Mechanical Product Assembly and Logistics Center will oversee manufacture of electro-mechanical products for the Americas region, more than doubling Lenze's North American electro-mechanical manufacturing capacity.
Lenze renovations to the 100,000sq ft building include an office build-out for sales and customer service teams and an automated paint assembly line.
The paint assembly line is valued at $1.2m and powered by Lenze motors and gearboxes.
Gene Wood, director of operations for Lenze Americas, said: "Since opening the new facility, we are exceeding our expectations of number of orders.
"We invested a lot of time preparing for this move -- most of our new employees spent several months training at our Massachusetts headquarters prior to our opening, and well compliment our experienced staff that relocated. As a result, our team was prepared to hit the ground running.
"We are off to a really strong start. The Glendale Heights facility provides for greater capacity, capability, and flexibility to meet the needs of our growing customer base.
"Our new automated paint line has quick drying capabilities and is specifically designed for Lenze's products," said Wood.
Having an automated paint line will reduce lead times, Wood explained, "The new paintline [...] allows us to ship our product to our customers just one hour after painting."