Vitex Extrusion is expanding its aluminum extrusion manufacturing business, which will be housed in a 50,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the company’s existing 115,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Franklin, NH. The new business will be dedicated to machining, fabrication, and assembly of aluminum extrusions.
The company has been expanding its fabrication capabilities since 2019, begining with the addition of new machining centers at its main facility. Then in January, the company also acquired NSA Industries, LLC, a metal fabrication, machining, powder coating, and assembly operation in St. Johnsbury, VT. This new expansion is a continuation of these efforts.
“Over the last few years we’ve made a number of strategic investments in new equipment and technologies to meet the downstream manufacturing needs of our customers. As a result, our existing building could no longer accommodate the “value-added” business growth,” said Andrew Curland, president and CEO of Vitex Extrusion. “We’re fortunate this nearby facility became available, allowing us to move our machining and fabrication business into a manufacturing space that will accommodate continued growth.”
Vitex Extrusion has invested in a long-term lease for the new building, which will house more than two dozen of the company’s CNC machines, dedicated work cells, deburring, and punch systems. In addition, plans are underway to install robotic-based cellular production units for larger volume OEM production platforms.
“The percentage of our extrusion output requiring machining, fabrication, and other value-added features is continually expanding,” said Curland. “The added space allows us to continue investing in new manufacturing equipment and technologies to support customers focused on product development, rather than internal production capabilities.”
The new fabrication building is expected to be fully operational by September 2020.