Maybar Manufacturing has added 11,000 square feet to its Franklin facility to make space for increased orders from new and existing customers.
The company, a machine shop that focuses on parallel shaft speed reducers, mostly sells its parts to food processing equipment manufacturers, said President Tim Bartczak.
“Our customers increased their business, so that increases ours,” Bartczak said. “We just needed the extra space as well and the timing was right for construction costs.”
The end users of Maybar’s products are often major fast food chains, whose growth is indirectly driving the manufacturer’s growth.
In 2011, sales at the company were up about 20 percent over 2010, Bartczak said.
“Last year one of the major fast food chains had a big roll out of new products and we benefitted from that,” he said.
Maybar currently has 20 employees, and Bartczak plans to hire another three to four machinists this year to handle the larger workload.
Founded in 1951 in Milwaukee, Maybar has relocated twice—to Greendale and finally Franklin. But Bartczak doesn’t plan to move again anytime soon. The company has room for future growth.
“We purchased the lot next door about three years ago, so we have the ability to expand that way,” he said.
Triad Construction in West Allis was the general contractor for the project, which cost about $600,000, Bartczak said.
He also plans to invest in some new equipment. The area is expected to be up and running by mid-April.