The 145,000-sq-ft facility will be located in an industrial park near three existing Nordson sites in Chippewa Falls, including the current EDI headquarters and extrusion die manufacturing facility; a plant for Premier dies and all aftermarket service; and a technology center for research and development (R&D) and laboratory trials. Relocation of these operations to the new facility will begin in summer 2019 and be complete by late 2020.
Nordson also will enhance production efficiency with new state of the art equipment. “The new global hub for our EDI brands will redefine the way that dies are built,” says John J. Keane, exec vp-Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) business. “Advanced manufacturing equipment will streamline workflow and produce dies with tighter tolerances. A complete reconfiguration of our operation will integrate people and resources previously deployed in separate locations, generating collaboration and synergy that will improve the customer experience and reduce lead times.”
The integration of people and resources will involve all functions—sales and order processing, design and engineering, machining and polishing, technical support, and administration.
Further investment in the Chippewa Falls facility planned by Nordson in the next few years will purchase still more new equipment as well as paying to upgrade existing systems. The building site includes room for expansion of up to 79,200 sq ft.
In addition to the Chippewa Falls operation, Nordson builds new extrusion and fluid coating dies in Shanghai and in Saitama, Japan. Remanufacturing or rework services for dies are available at these locations and in Münster, Germany.
The investment in Chippewa Falls is the latest in a series of investments by Nordson in its PPS brands. These include a new facility in Münster, Germany, serving as a global hub for BKG® pelletizers, screen changers, and melt pumps; a new Americas hub in Austintown, OH, USA for Xaloy® extrusion and injection molding screws and barrels; and other projects in the U.S., Germany, China, Thailand, and Japan involving capacity expansion, new equipment, or new laboratory facilities for BKG, EDI, and Xaloy brands.