HellermannTyton held a grand opening event for its new location on Saturday, offering employees and their families refreshments, plant tours and activities.
The facility, a renovated 92,000-square-foot building at 6701 W. Good Hope Road in Milwaukee, will host injection molding operations for specialty fasteners, as well as automation, maintenance and support.
HellermannTyton has moved 25 of 28 presses from its Faulkner Road plant to the Good Hope facility and operations are underway. There is room for 16 more presses as the company expands.
With the additional space created by moving the presses out of Faulkner Road, the company will enlarge the research and development area, tool room and quality labs there, said President Jim Campion.
The expanded capacity will allow the company to make more of its tools in house, and will create new jobs in toolmaking, design, quality and engineering when the renovations are complete.
“We launch to the market over 100 new fasteners per year, so we need more space to trial, to test, to prototype,” said Terry Tuttle, vice president of marketing and sales.
The company’s growth has been driven by the commercial sales team, Campion said.
The new building is the HellermannTyton’s third Milwaukee manufacturing facility, with 11 acres of land for further expansion.
The company has hired 21 employees at Good Hope facility and plans to add a total of 50 in the next two years. The company also hopes to add 125 jobs over the next five years.
About 200 people attended the Good Hope grand opening. Employees from Illinois and local sales managers joined employees from the three Milwaukee facilities at the event.
The company built a temporary ice skating rink for the day in some open space they plan to eventually expand into.
“It really speaks to the culture of our organization being very family-oriented,” Tuttle said. “We very much want people to know the strength of the organization and feel part of the organization.”
One of the stations on the tour showcased HellermannTyton’s work making 24 custom components used for wire protection and fastening in a Mercedes vehicle.
HellermannTyton’s North American headquarters is in Milwaukee. The company is in 34 countries and has 3,200 employees worldwide. There are about 600 HellermannTyton North America employees.
The company manufactures high performance cable management solutions used for fastening, identifying, protecting, organizing, routing and connecting components in the electrical, automotive and datacom markets.