Hainbuch America moves to Germantown

Hainbuch America Corp. has moved from Mequon to a 16,000-square-foot facility at W129 N10980 Washington Drive in Germantown.

Hainbuch America is the North American subsidiary of German workholding product manufacturer Hainbuch. The tools it makes are used by manufacturers for holding parts during CNC machining, milling, lathing and hobbing processes.

The company built a 13,000-square-foot facility in Mequon in 2008 and was occupying about 6,000 square feet, but has now outgrown that space, said Mike Larson, marketing director. It has purchased the Germantown location for about $1 million and has room to grow.

“Why we came here to this location is we can expand up to an additional 45,000 square feet,” Larson said.

Expanding U.S. sales and distribution has driven Hainbuch’s growth, he said. It has become expensive to ship some of its heavy parts from Germany to the U.S., so the company was looking for ways to manage those costs.

Hainbuch had 10 employees in 2009 and has grown to about 20 employees. It plans to hire about three to four new workers in the near future.

It has invested about $890,000 in three new machines in the last several months. Hainbuch’s high tolerances set its workholding tools apart, Larson said.

“We’re really trying to get a foothold here in America,” he said. “Hainbuch is a very established company in Europe. The quality is second to none and trying to get the word out here in the manufacturing industry is tough.”

The company will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location on Friday, May 10. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, State Sen. Alberta Darling and State Rep. Dan Knodl are expected to speak at the event.

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