SOURCE: General Kinematics | October 28, 2022
General Kinematics broke ground on a 42,000-square-foot plant expansion at the United States corporate headquarters in Crystal Lake, IL. The manufacturing addition will be part of their existing 220,000-square-foot space to facilitate increasing demand and more extensive equipment offerings for the mining, foundry, and recycling industries.
General Kinematics President Tom Musschoot explained, “The expansion of our North American manufacturing facility has been needed for a while. We can handle some of our larger products, such as STM-SERIES® Two-Mass mining screens, FINGER- SCREEN™ recycling screens, and large rotary and vibratory drums for foundry applications. It will further expand our capabilities for our Tuffman and GK Systems brands.”
Jim Egan, Vice President of North American Sales, added, “With customer demand for larger, heavier, and more complex units, we identified a significant need for more space and increased capabilities. To stay competitive, we must invest in the right technology to make us as efficient as possible. “ He continued, “We see multiple positive outcomes from this investment. Our customers know we are committed to solving their production challenges and our employees see the investment as a commitment to providing them with the best equipment to complete the job safely and efficiently.”
Plans for the addition include high bay ceilings, which will allow the installation of cranes with 80-ton lifting capacity. The new area will also provide space for further capital equipment purchases and increased material storage. Chief Financial Officer John Koufis details, “The facility expansion validates the strategic investment in our people and process during the pandemic-impacted years of 2020 & 2021. The addition to the manufacturing facility, and the resultant forthcoming new jobs, significantly increases our production capacity and improves the overall flow of our production processes. This will enable us to meet the rapidly growing demand for our products to serve our customers better worldwide.”
The company plans to hire 15 new employees to support the increased throughput.
Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
About General Kinematics
General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricates innovative vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. Today the company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment, having held more than 200 worldwide patents, and is acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical advancement of vibrating equipment design and application. General Kinematics serves a worldwide customer base through a network of engineering-oriented independent sales representatives who cover major industrial markets throughout the United States. International markets are serviced from subsidiary operations and through a combination of representatives, licensed manufacturers, and strategic alliances with leading industry-specific organizations in other strategic locations. Today, more than 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries. As new process and efficiency challenges emerge, General Kinematics is uniquely qualified to address these needs with advanced technology, innovative engineering, new materials, and manufacturing techniques… all applied to improving customer productivity and profitability while meeting ever more stringent requirements. Today, GK knows no limit in our ability to provide a broad level of engineering support and capacity that other companies cannot offer. We bring a 360-degree view to the whole process picture, often supplying engineering resources our customers do not have or do not wish to fund internally.
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