Butech Bliss invested $1.25 million in the purchase of a new manufacturing facility in Salem, Ohio, located adjacent to the company’s existing operations. The 50,000 sq ft space will add much needed room for growth, enabling the company to meet its expanding manufacturing needs.
“This is going to be a great building for us and finally resolves problems with much needed manufacturing space,” said Jock Buta, executive vice president of Butech Bliss. “We have big plans for the operations moving into this space. Although there’s some uncertainty in the market due to the pandemic, we felt this was the right time to position our company with the building capacity for not just today’s workload, but where we expect to be in 3-5 years.”
The company worked closely with the Sustainable Opportunity Development (SOD) Center to make the acquisition of its new manufacturing facility a reality. The company had initially been pursuing property outside of the city, which would have required much more renovation and created management challenges due to the distance from their main operation. However, when the company shifted its focus to Salem, the SOD Center became instrumental in providing property and facility support, connecting business and property owners, and bringing in state resources. Buta noted, “The SOD Center connected us with TeamNEO, JobsOhio’s northeast partner in economic development, and within weeks of the purchase offer, Butech Bliss was awarded a $100,000 grant toward building renovations.”
Butech Bliss is a more than 130-year-old company, providing equipment solutions for coil processing, cold reduction, and mill equipment. Serving aluminum and other metal producers, service centers, and extruders around the world, the company builds cut-to-length lines, shears, hydraulic levelers, extrusion equipment, and scrap choppers.
Buta notes that the added floor space of the new building — combined with what will likely be several hundred thousand dollars of investment in renovations and equipment — will generate 10-20 new jobs over the next few years. Butech Bliss expects to start moving significant operations into the new building toward the end of 2020.