Victaulic has unveiled a plan to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company's products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019.
"This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago," said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic. "A major aspect of our business strategy has always been to manufacture products in close proximity to our customers. While we already manufacture 80 percent of domestically sold products in the United States, this facility will further enhance our product delivery capabilities, making our U.S. operations even more competitive."
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf commented, "Whenever a manufacturer expands here in Pennsylvania, its more evidence that our manufacturing sector is growing stronger. The establishment of Victaulic's new facility doesn't simply continue the company's 40-year tradition of commitment to growth here in the Commonwealth – it will also create jobs and help develop the Lehigh Valley's manufacturing workforce. I applaud Victaulic for this new facility, and I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow for years to come."
In addition to housing the company's current light assembly operation, which has been conducted in partnership with Cast-Pac Inc. for 20 years, the new facility will include several millions of dollars in new equipment to modernize its manufacturing operations. Robotic and optical technology in Victaulic's new facility will advance the limits of quality control for the company's castings and finished products through automated assembly operations. Use of computerized, visual inspection systems can identify nonconformities, preventing them from being shipped to customers and maintaining Victaulic's operational excellence in excess of Seven Sigma requirements.
Along with the expansion, Victaulic anticipates adding 40-50 new jobs by the end of 2018. From machining and lab technicians to assemblers and production staff, it is expected that many of the new positions will be filled by local talent from the area's skilled workforce. New hires will join the current Victaulic team of 3,600 employees globally, of which 49 percent are located in the United States.
Publication date: 1/10/2018