Rattunde Opens New Facility
The new 30,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in Caledonia will initially build tooling for its bar and tube stock fabrication machinery systems.
The global manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery Rattunde Corporation celebrated the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open its new manufacturing facility in Caledonia, Michigan (Grand Rapids area) on Friday, July 25.
The ribbon was cut by company president Rick Stadler, who was joined by managing directors Ulrich Rattunde and Martin Proksch from Rattunde & Co. GmbH (Ludwigslust, Germany) and the Rattunde Corporation staff.
Approximately 50 people enjoyed the day, complete with good food and camaraderie. A formal open house for customers and the media is slated for later this year.
The company erected its new 30,000 sq ft facility on a 14-acre parcel of land the company purchased last year in Caledonia, initially to build tooling for its machinery systems, which process bar and tube stock into various end products used by manufacturers in the auto, appliance, off-highway, transportation and other industries throughout North America.
Rattunde Corporation, the subsidiary of Rattunde & Co. GmbH, has long-range plans that call for an expansion of this new facility up to 100,000 sq ft or more for eventual machine builds here.
The new facility also houses a complete spare parts inventory; training areas for both company and customer personnel, machines for demonstration purposes and testing plus a state-of-the-art machine shop, where machine- and application-specific tooling will be manufactured, making the company more responsive to customer requirements.
“Everyone in the company is excited by the potential of this new facility,” observed Stadler. “It will create an energy that will translate into a great working environment for our team, plus we’ll have more capabilities to better serve our customers, immediately and into the future. The growth of our sales in North America and especially the hard work of our team made this all possible.”
He also mentioned future plans for a facility in Mexico, where the company has substantial business engagements.