Jergens, ASG and SGS Celebrate the New Shanghai Commercial Facility
The grand opening of the newly-built facility represents a significant commitment to the Chinese industrial market.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony and customer open house was held to celebrate the grand opening of the new Jergens Shanghai Commercial Company Ltd. (Shanghai, China). This facility is located in a new economic development technology park in the Jinqiao District in PuDong. The 500 sq m facility contains offices, warehousing and a technical center featuring permanent product displays.
The celebration featured the official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house during the afternoon followed by an evening reception held at the Marriott PuDong East hotel. In all, over 70 guests representing eight countries joined Jergens and SGS Tool Company in celebration of what is being hailed as a “new beginning” in the history of Jergens Shanghai .
In attendance was special guest Mr. Harry Xiao, the general manager from The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Shanghai Technology and Service Center (STC). It was through Mr. Xiao’s AMT organization that Jergens got started in the Chinese market by hiring their first employee in China through the AMT proxy hire program. Mr. Xiao addressed the crowd and spoke about the success he has seen Jergens experience. He watched the company grow through the years, “growing up” from a one-person to one-desk business into the newly opened Jergens Shanghai location.
It’s been eight years since Jergens Shanghai was founded to support the workholding, lifting and specialty fasteners industrial market in China. ASG began promoting its assembly tools as part of the Jergens family of businesses, and together both divisions have experienced exponential market growth.
According to president of Jergens Inc.(Cleveland, OH), Jack Schron, Jr., said, “The opening of this facility represents a new beginning in the history of Jergens Shanghai. Our commitment to the Chinese market is evidenced by the fact that we have more than tripled the size of our facility, and are hiring additional staff to handle growing customer requirements throughout the region. This new beginning is only possible through the continued trust and loyalty that our Chinese customers place in the Jergens family of businesses.”
Bryon Shafer is the general manager of the ASG Division and Jergens Shanghai facility. While based in the U.S. headquarters located in Cleveland, OH, he spends much of the year working with customers and staff in China. He noted, “We are excited to be the first tenant in a brand new, state-of-the-art building in the new Shanghai Jinqiao District economic development zone. The facility itself allows our group a significant opportunity for continued, stable growth and business development while the convenient location ensures that our customers have easy access to us. We are looking forward to embarking on this new beginning in support of our Chinese customers.”
Additionally, Shafer commented, “The new, expanded Jergens facility in Shanghai allows us to attract additional U.S.-based small manufacturing partners and provides them with a low-cost investment for entry into the Chinese market from our wholly-owned subsidiary platform.”
SGS Tool Company joins Jergens divisions in the Chinese market. Since 2009, SGS Tool Company has also been working with the Jergens divisions in supporting the Chinese industrial market as a partner within the facility. SGS Tool is a global provider of solid carbide cutting tools for the aerospace, metalworking and automotive industries with manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. and United Kingdom and sales representatives around the globe.
The president, Tom Haag, said, “We are pleased to continue to partner with Jergens in serving the Chinese industrial market and are looking forward to continuing our long-term commitment to our customers as well as finding additional opportunities to serve companies in the region.”