Flexicon to double U.S. HQ
By Canadian Packaging StaffAutomation General Bagging/Weighing Flexicon Corporation
New facility to allow company to keep up with demand for manufacture of its conveyors, baggers and other equipment.
BETHLEHEM, PA—Flexicon Corporation has broken ground for an expansion that will double the size of its U.S. headquarters, it was announced by president and chief executive officer David Gill (see image above).
“We built the current 91,000-square-foot (8,500-meters²) facility in 2001 on an over-sized site owned by Flexicon that had acres of additional prime real estate beyond what was needed for the 2001 building, with the intention of expanding the building as demand for Flexicon equipment exceeded our capacity to produce it,” says Gill.
The addition will allow the Steel Forming, Welding, Grinding/Polishing and Blasting/Painting Departments to double in size, and the Electrical Controls Department to increase four-fold. The Assembly Department, which will be relocated into the new space, will be eight-times larger than before, and provide up to 38-feet (11.6-meters) of overhead clearance to erect larger systems and enhance factory acceptance testing.
Other plant floor increases include a dedicated 4000-square-foot (370 m²) area for new product development, and a total of 10 tailgate loading docks and two drive-in doors.
Office space will increase to 37,000 square feet (3400 m²), with the first floor accommodating an expanded Electrical Engineering Department, and meeting/training rooms which can be combined with a new cafeteria using collapsible walls to seat 400 during special events for customers, representatives and Flexicon personnel. Second floor offices will house the Executive Management Team, Global Management Group, Information Technology Department and Project Engineering Division, and include six conference rooms.
In addition to manufacturing equipment for the Americas, the Bethlehem Headquarters oversees Flexicon operations located in the U.K., Australia, South Africa, Chile and Singapore.
“Doubling the size of our world headquarters will have the immediate effect of reducing wait times for equipment deliveries,” says Gill, “while allowing us to develop new product lines and secure patents on an accelerated basis, positioning Flexicon for exponential growth.”
The company produces: flexible screw conveyors, tubular cable conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems; bulk bag dischargers, conditioners and fillers; Bag Dump Stations, Drum/Box/Container Dumpers; and Weigh Batching Systems. A Project Engineering Division manages large-scale bulk handling projects across the chemical, mineral, food, dairy and pharmaceutical industries worldwide.