While breaking ground yesterday on the new global headquarters of its EDI extrusion and Premier fluid coating product lines in Chippewa Falls, WI, Nordson Corp. amplified its ambitions. The 145,000-square-foot facility, located in proximity to three existing Nordson sites, will include state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing systems that will “redefine the way that dies are built,” said John J. Keane, Executive Vice President, Nordson Polymer Processing Systems (PPS).
The new facility will incorporate operations currently being carried out at the EDI headquarters and extrusion die manufacturing facility; the Premier dies and aftermarket service plant; and a technology center for research and development and laboratory trials. Relocation of these operations will begin in the summer of 2019 and be completed by late 2020, said the company in a press release. The building site includes room for expansion of up to 79,200 square feet.
Nordson said that it will equip the plant with advanced manufacturing equipment to 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,” said Keane.
Additional investment in the Chippewa Falls facility is planned in the years ahead to purchase new equipment and upgrade existing systems.
This is but the latest in a series of investments by Nordson in its PPS brands. Recent expansions and upgrades 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, for Xaloy extrusion and injection molding screws and barrels; and other projects in the United States, Germany, China, Thailand and Japan for the BKG, EDI and Xaloy brands.