Amanda Manufacturing, a Deshler Group company specializing in metalforming, began construction on a $5 million expansion and renovation of its facility in Logan, Ohio. The 130,000 square foot building will expand by nearly 40 percent, with 54,880 additional square feet of manufacturing plant space, a 14,000 square foot new office and facade improvement. The expansion is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.
The firm, which develops and manufactures cold and technical formed rod and stamped assemblies, is embarking on this expansion to address its growing international business. The expansion supports Amanda Manufacturing's foray into new products and services, including the growth of the company's consumer-facing brand, Amanda Products, which launched in 2013.
"Amanda Manufacturing has tripled in sales over the past five years and now we are at capacity at our Logan facility," said Robert Gruschow, President of Amanda Manufacturing and the Deshler Group. "As we continue to diversify our products and services, we need to expand our operations, add a wide range of jobs, and continue to operate efficiently to support our fast-paced growth."
With the expansion, Amanda Manufacturing plans to add new technology and machinery to enhance its offerings including additional engineering and design services, tube forming, and increase the use of light-weight, high-strength steels. Additionally, the manufacturing floor will be designed to be more conducive to observation, training and efficient work flow.
The office expansion will include a new facade and office space for engineering and design teams, with a state-of-the-art multi-media conference room to support global communications with Amanda Manufacturing's customers, business partners, and the six other Deshler Group companies.
"Adding human resources is critical to our ability to position Amanda Manufacturing as an engineering- and design-driven manufacturing solutions provider for our global customers," said Gruschow. Thirty percent of the 217-member Amanda Manufacturing workforce is technical labor and logistics workers.
Amanda Manufacturing said it plans to expand jobs significantly in those areas, as well as several management positions. Job opportunities will be announced in early 2015. "We are looking for people with experience, but also are planning to partner with our local universities and trade schools to mentor, train and recruit young talent from Ohio," said Gruschow.
"The Development Services Agency, on behalf of Governor John Kasich and working with JobsOhio and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth are excited to see the next phase of Amanda Manufacturing's growth in the region," said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. "Providing jobs is the greatest benefit a company can bring to a community, certainly to the families. Through the Governor's Office of Appalachia, at the Development Services Agency, we are additionally committed to develop and improve the Appalachian region to be economically competitive. Amanda Manufacturing is a strong economic development partner that has consistently delivered on its job and capital investment commitments to the state."
"Amanda Manufacturing's long-time commitment to the state and the region, its creative and skilled workers and its leadership in building quality products all contribute not only to its reputation but the reputation of manufacturing in Ohio. We look forward to a relationship long into the future," said Goodman.