SMTCL announces new factory in U.S.
September 15, 2014 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Sept. 15, 2014 – At a press conference at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., SMTCL chief operating officer Jerry McCarty announced the company’s plans to begin manufacturing machine tools in the United States.
“The United States was chosen because that is where our customers are and we know that we can find workers and vendors that have the dedication to quality that we need,” said McCarty. “We will employ Americans and this facility will be managed by Americans. I can also tell you that although we will continue to use the world’s best components in our machines, we will also use a number of local U.S. vendors to provide contract machining, fabricating and electronics.”
Although the site of the factory has not been determined, McCarty said SMTCL-Americas will begin with Vertical Machining Centers and then expand to other products as the market dictates. SMTCL plans on purchasing or building a 100,000-square-foot facility and employing between 100 to 120 employees.
“We will need manufacturing engineers, machine assembly technicians and service technicians, as well as purchasing, accounting and general management professionals,” he said.
SMTCL currently has manufacturing facilities in Europe (Germany) and Asia (China). The company hopes to be manufacturing in the United States by the end of 2015. Machines manufactured at this plant will be shipped to customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.