You may not know it if you’re following the news, but there are plenty of positives in the U.S. economy.
And some of the largest suppliers of woodworking equipment in the world have chosen the United States for major expansions.
Homag Machinery North America opened a large new 100,000-square-foot production location in Kentwood, Michigan, and held a grand opening event several months ago to mark the occasion.
The company manufactures the Weeke Vantech line of CNC routers and the ABD series of CNC drilling and dowel machines in Michigan. The new expansion and company name are part of a strategy by Homag Group to invest in manufacturing demands for the local market, and in anticipation of future growth in demand.
Wood manufacturing technology supplier Biesse cut the ribbon on its new 23,000-square-foot showroom in Charlotte, North Carolina. The new showroom is equipped with machinery designed to host custom demonstrations and in-house educational events. Biesse has enlarged its spare parts warehouse, and is investing in training projects across all technical areas for its high tech automation equipment, CNC routers and machining centers, edgebanders, widebelt sanders, panel saws and other machines.
SCM Group North America opened its new West Coast facility in Carson, California, last year. The new 20,000-square-foot location is intended to serve the western U.S. with a showroom with machines under power, as well as offices and warehouse space.
SCM’s sales in North America topped $100 million a year ago, making it the “first market” for SCM Group. The new location will offer training, demonstrations of machines, in-stock machines and replacement parts for faster delivery to dealers and customers. Company officials also emphasized an ongoing partnership with the woodworking program at nearby Cerritos College.
Several months ago, we visited the new location during an open house and lean manufacturing event that SCM held with the Center for Lean Learning. SCM Group has a number of large machines on display in Carson, including CNC routers and manufacturing cells, panel saws and edgebanders.
All of these companies are working in markets around the world. They have all identified the U.S. as a market where they expect expansion in the future, and they want to be part of it.
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