Facility designed to serve the growing demand for Barber-Nichols’ advanced technologies in specialty turbomachinery for critical applications

 ARVADA, Colo.—Barber-Nichols LLC (BN), a wholly owned subsidiary of Graham Corporation,  recently opened a new 43,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility to support its growing customer programs. The facility is designed to serve rising demand for Barber-Nichols’ advanced technologies in specialty turbomachinery for critical applications. It is also said to demonstrate BN’s continued commitment to advancing its engineering capability and manufacturing footprint in Colorado, the company said in a release.

Barber-Nichols specializes in the design and production of turbomachinery systems for aerospace, cryogenic, defense, energy, and a variety of commercial applications. Its products include systems with specialty compressors, fans, pumps, turbines, generators, motors, and controllers. The company worked with Ware Malcomb and Brinkmann Constructors to design and build the advanced manufacturing facility, according to the release.

The company has experienced solid growth over the last several years by designing and developing critical subsystems for applications that include undersea power and propulsion systems, thermal management systems, space-based applications, and advanced power generation and energy storage. To facilitate its growth, BN acquired property adjacent to the current campus and completed construction of the new building in early 2021. To support its growth plans, BN is looking for qualified machinists, technicians, and engineers from the Denver-metro area who are “interested in being a part of a dynamic organization with an eye on the future” to add to its growing team, the company said in the release.

Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) and Mayor Marc Williams joined the celebration of this significant milestone for the company.

“It was a privilege to join Barber-Nichols as they celebrate the opening of their new manufacturing facility in Arvada,” Congressman Perlmutter said in the release. “The completion of this building is a great milestone, and I commend the Barber-Nichols team on their success as they continue to expand operations into a diverse array of industries and create good-paying jobs for our community.”

Matt Malone, general manager of BN, said in the release that the new manufacturing facility has successfully transformed the company’s campus vision into reality.

“A special thank you to Ware Malcomb for the purpose-centric design, Brinkmann Constructors for the flawless construction execution, and all our employees for the novel layout and process flow ideas,” Malone said in the release. “The new facility successfully links the office and manufacturing environments to enhance team collaboration, co-locates critical equipment to improve utilization and deliver velocity, and also integrates new advanced manufacturing equipment to further niche capabilities.

“Our next phase will focus on implementing a skills-based training program for our employees to bring additional education and learning opportunity inside these walls. The facility showcases our continued investment in advanced manufacturing in Colorado and will ensure prosperity for our community, employees, suppliers, and customers.”

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