October 13, 2022
General Kinematics broke ground on a 42,000-sq-foot plant expansion at its US corporate headquarters in Crystal Lake, IL.
The manufacturing addition will be part of the existing 220,000-sq-ft space to facilitate increasing demand and more extensive equipment offerings for the mining, foundry, and recycling industries.
“The expansion of our North American manufacturing facility has been needed for a while,” said General Kinematics president Tom Musschoot. “We can handle some of our larger products, such as STM-Series two-mass mining screens, Finger-Screen recycling screens, and large rotary and vibratory drums for foundry applications. It will further expand our capabilities for our Tuffman and GK Systems brands.”
Jim Egan, vice president of North American sales, added, “With customer demand for larger, heavier, and more complex units, we identified a significant need for more space and increased capabilities. To stay competitive, we must invest in the right technology to make us as efficient as possible. We see multiple positive outcomes from this investment. Our customers know we are committed to solving their production challenges and our employees see the investment as a commitment to providing them with the best equipment to complete the job safely and efficiently.”
Plans for the addition include high bay ceilings that will allow the installation of cranes with 80-tn lifting capacity. The new area will also provide space for further capital equipment purchases and increased material storage.
“The facility expansion validates the strategic investment in our people and process during the pandemic-impacted years of 2020 and 2021,” said chief financial officer John Koufis. “The addition to the manufacturing facility, and the resultant forthcoming new jobs, significantly increases our production capacity and improves the overall flow of our production processes. This will enable us to meet the rapidly growing demand for our products to serve our customers better worldwide.”
The company plans to hire 15 new employees to support the increased throughput. Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
About General Kinematics
Incorporated in 1960, General Kinematics Corp. was established to market, design, and custom fabricates innovative vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. Today the company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment, having held more than 200 worldwide patents, and is acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical advancement of vibrating equipment design and application.
General Kinematics serves a worldwide customer base through a network of engineering-oriented independent sales representatives who cover major industrial markets throughout the US. International markets are serviced from subsidiary operations and through a combination of representatives, licensed manufacturers, and strategic alliances with leading industry-specific organizations in other strategic locations. Today, more than 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries.
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