ELMIRA, N.Y.—Hardinge Inc. is shifting the manufacturing of its milling and turning machining centers from the company’s Taiwan plant to its facility in Elmira, the company said in a December release.
The move enables Hardinge to focus its product development, supply chain, and assembly operations for its Americas and Europe turning and milling business in a single U.S. location. It also allows Hardinge to supply customers with what it described as “a stronger line of innovative, high-quality milling and turning products assembled in the USA.”
Hardinge is repatriating the manufacturing of its Bridgeport® XR Series of vertical machining centers and the Hardinge® TALENT Series of turning products. To support the transition, the company is modernizing its Elmira facility, investing significant resources in new assembly capabilities and “state-of-the-art heat-treat equipment,” the company said.
Hardinge expects to complete the manufacturing start-up of the new assembly line in Elmira during the first quarter of 2021. The product lines will be available in the U.S. market through Hardinge’s distribution partners, Gosiger and Morris Group Inc., the company said.
“We are very excited to make this move, as it brings the products closer to the customers we serve and leverages the many years of experience we have in Elmira,” said Chuck Dougherty, president and co-CEO of Hardinge, in the release. “It also enables us to bring capabilities back to the U.S., which we are extremely proud to do.”
The Elmira plant is also home to the production of Hardinge workholding products, Super-Precision CNC Lathes, and the Bridgeport Knee Mills.
“Hardinge has been a key employer in the great state of New York for more than 89 years,” said Ryan Levenson, owner and co-CEO of Hardinge and a managing partner of Privet Fund Management LLC, in the release. “We continue this tradition and are also pleased to bring new manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Our strong local leadership and highly capable workforce form the foundation of our efforts to better support our customers by investing in our U.S. machine manufacturing and innovation capabilities.”
Hardinge will be investing significantly to transition its Elmira plant to build the new products, and to “modernize its U.S. manufacturing operations in an effort to produce to the highest level of quality in the industry,” the company said.
“This is certainly a huge boost for the Elmira community, as we expect to add a significant number of jobs at the plant,” said Craig Perry, plant manager at the Elmira facility, in the release. “Given the plant’s tremendous capabilities, and the extensive knowledge of the workforce here, it was a compelling opportunity to bring this manufacturing capacity to the Elmira, New York facility.”
Following the transition, the Taiwan location will continue to operate as one of Hardinge’s regional sales and fulfillment facilities, as well as a global engineering center supporting the needs of Hardinge’s international customers, the company said.
Hardinge (www.hardinge.com), headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, is an international provider of high precision, computer-controlled machine tools for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts. The company also provides and advanced workholding accessories. Its tools are used in a broad base of industries, including aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology, and transportation, the company said.