Thursday, February 4, 2016
Stiles Machinery, Inc., a subsidiary of HOMAG Group is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the HOMAG Machinery North America manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company will be hosting a grand opening event on Wednesday, February 10th to celebrate the occasion.
“With WEEKE as part of HOMAG Group we have positioned ourselves as the global leader in the North American wood working market”, says Andreas Muehlbauer, EVP of Operations for Stiles Machinery. “We are anticipating future growth based on the market demand that we are currently seeing and this new facility will allow us to offer local manufacturing according to the specific needs of the North American market”. He concluded.
HOMAG Machinery North America, formerly WEEKE North America (WNA), currently manufactures the WEEKE Vantech line of CNC routers and the ABD series of CNC drilling and dowel machines. The new expansion and company name are part of a continued strategy by the global leader HOMAG Group to invest in manufacturing demands for the local market. The naming of the new North America manufacturing location aligns now with other international HOMAG Machinery locations.
The new HOMAG Machinery North America facility offers 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. Improvements in the new factory include twice the production capacity and a streamlined manufacturing flow which applies the latest technologies and workflow processes to achieve efficient optimization.
The new space also takes into account the ever growing local workforce offering ample office space, a dedicated break room, showers and lockers for employees. “We are intentionally investing in local manufacturing talent and resources necessary for today’s North American manufacturing demands and the forecasted growth at HOMAG Machinery North America”, explains Mr. Muehlbauer.
WEEKE North America was established in 2009 as a joint venture between the HOMAG Group, Stiles Machinery Inc. and WEEKE Maschinenbau, a subsidiary of the HOMAG Group. Stiles has been an exclusive distributor in the United States for almost 30 years and currently serves as the HOMAG Group’s sales and service extension for the United States.