by Caitlin Huston
The LMC Workholding Company will receive a boost in productivity with the installation of a $1 million machine.
The automatic machining center is one of four machines that have been installed to automate and increase production of workholding devices — an object used in the production of wheels. In addition to the new machines, the factory has been undergoing renovation since April because of increases in their profit and demand.
Jay Duerr, president of LMC, said while the company already has machines that have a similar function, the new machine is the “next generation” of technology.
“You can run multiple parts more automatic and unattended, ” Duerr said.
Similar machines were installed at the end of September and at the end of October.
The machines were needed, Duerr said, to keep up with the growing demand for business due to the automotive industry.
“We’ve experienced a pretty significant growth in business,” Duerr said.
Since installing the machines, Duerr estimated that the factory has hired 22 workers to keep up with production.
“It’s kind of the trickle down effect,” Duerr said.
The newest machine was installed at the end of November, but Duerr said it take almost seven weeks until each machine can run because of testing.
“They’ll all be finished up by the end of January,” Duerr said.
The actual physical installation of the 30,000-pound machine only takes a few days, according to Justin Brown, a contractor with Grand Industrial.
Duerr said they will be applying for a tax abatement for the machines in January.
The entire factory has been undergoing renovations since April, involving efficiency lighting, new floors, remodeled bathrooms and a new employee break room as well as outdoor renovations, according to Duerr.
Grand Industrial is the general contractor for the renovations and Brown said they’re finishing up the work in the office with new ceilings, lights and carpeting.
“We’re almost done with the renovations,” Brown said.
With the newly renovated facility, Duerr said the factory, which is celebrating its 98th year of business, has an exciting future.
“It’s a pretty exciting time,” Duerr said.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.