Located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey on a seven-acre corporate campus, Bihler of America’s new multi-use operations building is located adjacent to its two existing manufacturing plants. The construction of the new building began in April 2018 and became fully operational in the first quarter of 2019. At present, all three buildings have a combined total of 350,000 square feet.
Driving the Bihler of America expansion was an increased demand in contract manufacturing and automation projects. Before construction began, the company already had several high-volume manufacturing and assembly projects scheduled that require advanced servo-controlled high-speed Bihler automated machines. The multi-functional facility built in partnership with IronHill Construction Management, part of the J.G. Petrucci Network, is now fully operational and setup for the production of the Bihler.
4 Slide-NC, machine service, customer service, spare parts and tooling. It is also the primary manufacturing facility for the BihlerMED line of illumination-based medical devices and high volume disposable battery packs for medical device applications. Max Linder, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bihler of America, commented, “The new building has more than half of its total output capacity committed to already, with plenty of space for the expanded manufacturing needs of our customers.”
The new facility houses dedicated assembly areas for Bihler 4 Slide-NC machines, expanding Bihler’s ability to deliver these highly efficient machines on time for their customers. Since its initial debut in 2017, Bihler of America’s new next-generation servo machines deliver across-the-board advantages in speed, accuracy and versatility. Linder added, “The new facility clearly demonstrates an ongoing commitment to support and grow our 4 Slide-NC product line.”
As part of the expansion, Bihler of America has begun to add more than fifty people to manage and operate the new facility, in addition to the many roles the company previously added to its existing operations through 2017 and 2018. Linder added, “We’re constantly searching for outstanding, talented people, especially experienced machine operators and electricians, as well as people with hands-on manufacturing experience.”
The new building is designed with LED lighting throughout for energy efficiency, with the sustainable energy support of Bihler’s existing solar power field. Currently, Bihler of America has three solar installations on its campus, including two rooftop panel arrays and a ground-mounted solar array in an adjacent field.
The layout of the new facility has been designed with optimum flexibility for future growth. “The re-shoring trend that began several years ago remains strong, and general economic indicators predict this ongoing rise in manufacturing will continue,” Linder noted. “Bihler’s capabilities for advanced manufacturing, services and equipment have been significantly expanded to accommodate this continuing demand for U.S.-based manufacturing.”