A developer, manufacturer, and marketer of textile products for extreme temperature industrial applications, Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. opened its $1.4 million, 22,500 square foot, expansion at its Kitty Hawk manufacturing facility in Auburn, Maine
. The expansion nearly doubles the size of the facility, allowing the 35-year-old company to optimize its manufacturing processes.
Company President and CEO Kathie Leonard said, "The expansion will improve manufacturing capacity, efficiency and quality with new state-of-the-art technology and use of lean manufacturing strategies. Our advanced manufacturing technologies will enable us to make an even better product through the development of the most advanced, safest and high-quality flexible barriers against extreme-temperature challenges."
Expanding the Kitty Hawk facility was a response to growing customer demand and a reliable forecast for that demand to continue. AMI expects to grow more than 30 percent in the next three years. "The expansion not only facilitates our current growth, it also provides the extra space we need for our continued focus on innovation, particularly in the areas of coatings, nanotechnologies, and heat protection enhancements," the company said.