Mechanical seal specialist Aesseal is increasing capacity in its US operations with an investment of almost US$16 million.
Over the past year the Aesseal group has invested around US$11 million in its US manufacturing facility in Rockford, Tennessee. The plant now has six state-of-the-art nine-axes machine tools.
The company is also planning to invest a further US$5 million in its MS&S subsidiary in Odessa, Texas which primarily focuses on the oil & gas industry. Having outgrown its current location, the bulk of the investment will finance the construction of a new US$3.7 million building.
As a result of the increased productivity, 85% of mechanical seals and support systems offered for sale by Aesseal Inc will be made in the USA.
“This investment represents the confidence the company has in the opportunity for our products in North America and recognises the importance of our ability to manufacture in the USA,” said Aesseal Inc CEO Pete Rouleau. “Our ability to manufacture locally will further improve what we already believe is the best customer service in our industry, which ultimately will be to the benefit of our customers.”
Chris Rea, group managing director of AES Engineering Ltd, said: “As our US business, Aesseal Inc, has grown, the group has concluded that investment in the US market is essential to ensure that we continue to be true to our central goal of providing exceptional customer service. It is also a sign of confidence in the United States, which is the largest and most dynamic market in the world.”