PHILLIPSBURG, N.J.—Spurred by increased demand for contract manufacturing and automation projects, Bihler of America recently expanded its capacity by opening a new 103,000-square-foot facility that became fully operational in the first quarter of 2019. Construction of the new multi-use operations building—located on a seven-acre corporate campus adjacent to Bihler’s two existing manufacturing plants in Phillipsburg, New Jersey—began in April 2018. At present, all three buildings have a combined total of 350,000 square feet.
The new facility is currently set up for production of Bihler 4 Slide-NC machines, as well as for machine service, customer service, spare parts, and tooling. It is also the primary manufacturing facility for the BihlerMED line of illumination-based medical devices and high-volume disposable battery packs for medical device applications.
Bihler of America (www.bihler.com) provides contract manufacturing of complex components and is a provider of Bihler 4 Slide-NC machines. Before construction began, the company already had several high-volume manufacturing and assembly projects scheduled that require advanced servo-controlled, high speed Bihler automated machines.
“The new building has more than half of its total output capacity committed to already, with plenty of space for the expanded manufacturing needs of our customers,” said Max Linder, director of sales and marketing for Bihler of America, in a statement.
The new facility houses dedicated assembly areas for Bihler 4 Slide-NC machines, expanding Bihler’s ability to deliver these highly efficient machines on time for its customers. Bihler of America’s new next-generation servo machines are reported to deliver across-the-board advantages in speed, accuracy and versatility.
“The new facility clearly demonstrates an ongoing commitment to support and grow our 4 Slide-NC product line,” Linder added.
As part of the expansion, Bihler of America has begun to add more than 50 people to manage and operate the new facility.
“We’re constantly searching for outstanding, talented people, especially experienced machine operators and electricians, as well as people with hands-on manufacturing experience,” Linder said.
The new building is designed with LED lighting throughout for energy efficiency, with the sustainable energy support of Bihler’s existing solar power field. Currently, Bihler of America has three solar installations on its campus, including two rooftop panel arrays and a ground-mounted solar array in an adjacent field.
The layout of the new facility has been designed with optimum flexibility for future growth.
“The reshoring trend that began several years ago remains strong, and general economic indicators predict this ongoing rise in manufacturing will continue,” Linder noted. “Bihler’s capabilities for advanced manufacturing, services, and equipment have been significantly expanded to accommodate this continuing demand for U.S.-based manufacturing.”
The multi-functional facility was built in partnership with Iron Hill Construction Management, part of the J.G. Petrucci Network.