German supplier to open new facility in Grand Rapids area for tooling and component manufacturing.
The president of Rattunde Corp., a German-based manufacturer of finished length tube and solid bar production systems, says his company plans to build a new facility near its current location in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Richard Stadler says construction on the 30,000ft2 facility in Caledonia Township has already begun and is expected to be finished in April 2014.
The company’s growth, including into Canadian and Mexican markets, played a key part in deciding to build the facility, Standler notes.
“Our growth in North America has been rapid, though not unexpected, due to the unique nature of our equipment and the reliability of its performance,” he says.
The plant initially will house a manufacturing and machine assembly operation, including the production of tooling and various machine components. Stadler says future plans call for an expansion of the building to more than 100,000ft2.
The facility is expected to provide faster response times, custom tooling production, dedicated component manufacturing, and assembly of machines. The plant also will house a technical center with a machine onsite at all times for demonstration and training.
Stadler says Rattunde has expanded its workforce as well as its facility space.
“Whenever a machinery company grows quickly, there’s an ever-present need for more customer service and technical personnel,” he explains.
“In the end, this new facility will solidify our North American presence in the high-volume tube and solid bar production markets, thus benefiting our current and future customers in many ways.”