In a move to better serve its customers in North and South America, Swiss manufacturer of measurement engineering and process automation Endress+Hauser has invested over $40 million to expand its plants for flow, level, and pressure measurement manufacturing.
“We want to move our production as close as possible to our customers,” said Klaus Endress, company CEO, during the inauguration ceremony for two new buildings in Greenwood, Ind. “Being close allows us to respond quickly to the special needs and requirements of market and customers.”
An extension to the new building, which the company established five years ago, has created nearly 85,000 square feet of additional space. “This gives us the chance to increase capacity and to produce additional lines of instruments locally,” said Hans-Peter Blaser, managing director of the flow engineering plant in Greenwood. “The systems for calibrating flowmeters, unique on the continent, have now grown to include the latest technology for gas calibration.”
The plant for level and pressure engineering has moved into a new building with more than 105,000 square feet of ground area directly next door. “After years of strong growth, this will make us fit for the future,” said Managing Director John Schnake. The additional production areas will increase the scope of production and allow more products to be delivered directly from the Greenwood plant. The vacated facilities space will allow for a new visitor and training center for the U.S. sales organization.
Endress+Hauser has strongly grown its market share in the U.S. over the past years, the company said in a statement. The company claims that more than 80 percent of the measurement instruments delivered in the U.S. are made in the U.S. “We are a proud American company with strong Swiss roots,” said Todd Lucey, managing director of the U.S. sales center.
Endress+Hauser has had its own sales center in the U.S. since 1970 and has been manufacturing products stateside for more than two decades. Its U.S.-made products are also sold to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Flow, pressure and temperature measurement devices are produced in Greenwood, where the U.S. sales center also is headquartered. Endress+Hauser manufactures sensors for liquid analysis in Anaheim, Calif. The subsidiary SpectraSensors in Houston, which specializes in gas analysis, also operates a plant in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. More than 700 people work for Endress+Hauser in the U.S., while a tight network of representatives with another 350 sales engineers and service technicians supports customers nationwide.