Endress+Hauser Group cut the ribbon recently on a major facility expansion at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Ind. According to the family-owned Swiss provider of measurement engineering and process automation, the company has invested more than $40 million expanding its U.S. capacity to meet increasing North and South American demand for flow, level and pressure measurement instrumentation.
"We want to move our production as close as possible to our customers," stressed Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group – who also announced he is turning over management of the U.S. operations to Matthias Altendorf, who formerly ran E+H's German operations.
Approximately 85,000 sq. ft. of space was added to the flow engineering plant, which manufactures and calibrates electromagnetic, coriolis, vortex, ultrasonic and thermal mass measurement devices. Level and pressure engineering operations were moved into a new 105,000 ft² building. 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 become a new visitor and training center for the U.S. sales organization. "After years of strong growth, this will make us fit for the future," says John Schnake, general manager of the automation instrumentation group.
According to the company, Endress+Hauser has strongly grown its market share in the U.S. Todd Lucey, general manager of the U.S. sales center, believes that one of the keys to this success is attributable to expanded local manufacturing capability: "More than 80% of the measurement instruments we deliver in the USA today are made in the USA. And we will continue to grow this share into the future.”