Today, our new facility includes an optimized manufacturing floor, supporting offices and mezzanine, and a cafeteria. The expenditures for the new construction were roughly $6.25 million, with additional overall investments in updated machines and new equipment spanning two years, and totaling $3.75 million. Manufacturing upgrades are highlighted by our new Galdabini shaft straightening machine.
This sophisticated straightening system allows operators to load multiple bars into the machine, and then step back and allow it to automatically feed, straighten, quality check, and ultimately pass or reject them if they are not within tolerance. Tom Schroeder explains that with the old system, a worker had to manually do all of this by hand. Now, he says, “The machine has freed up that person to do other things for the business.”