The expansion, which will add over 123 000 sq ft and double the size of the current facility, will occur in three phases over the year.
Phase one, which is already underway and nearing completion, will add 81 600 sq ft of extra manufacturing area. The additional space will facilitate new manufacturing cells, an increased warehouse area for component inventory and expanded machining operations. A new powder coat line is also planned as part of this expansion.
Phase two, scheduled for completion in May, increases the research and engineering lab and service area and includes a new lunchroom facility. The 14 200 sq ft lab expansion allows for new equipment required for Liberty’s recent qualification as a CSA test facility. The area also has an additional 20 000 gallon test pit designed to support Liberty’s expanding product line.
Construction on phase three – a 23 000 sq ft sales/marketing wing and product training centre – is set to begin in April with a target completion date of August. The new wing features an 80 seat multipurpose room, product display area for hands-on product training and demonstrations, as well as additional offices, a historical product display and visitors lounge.
Randall Waldron, vice president of sales & marketing at Liberty Pumps, said: “As our products continue to advance technically, we realize product knowledge is critical - not only to our sales team, but for those that use and install our products on a daily basis. The new product training centre will allow us to better share this knowledge in a way that provides a great experience as well.”