DAYTON, OHIO – Liteflex, a global manufacturer of advanced composite suspension springs, announces the opening of their third production plant in Dayton, Ohio. Located at 3600 Maywood Avenue, this added manufacturing facility will boost production space by more than 200,000 square feet and will triple Liteflex’s capacity to meet continued sales growth. After sitting idle for 15 years, Liteflex hopes this newly revitalized production facility can help spur additional economic development in the area and reenergize this historic hub of manufacturing activity.
Over the past six months more than $750,000 have been invested in preparing the building for production, breathing new life into infrastructure which would cost more than $50 million to replace. Facility improvements include the installation of new primary power and back-up transformers, updated heat and air conditioning, surface enhancements (new parking lot and truck turn-around pads), loading dock repairs and upgrades, and fire suppression system updates.
“As truck and car manufacturers search for ways to reduce weight and increase the range of their vehicles, the value of our lighter, longer lasting composite springs becomes more evident,” said John Prikkel, President of Liteflex. “This facility will allow us to meet that growing demand, especially for makers of hybrid and electric vehicles, where weight and range go hand in hand.”
New production equipment has also been installed, including overhead power and free (OHPF) conveyor systems for increased efficiency and a new paint and post-cure room for product finishing (elevating Liteflex’s springs to the industry’s highest temperature resistance of 325°F).
With the just-in-time delivery requirements of many customers, Liteflex has focused on process streamlining and inventory management. For instance, receiving will be able to accommodate material deliveries of up to 44,000 pounds at a time for faster turn and inventory can store up to 89,000 pounds of curative and 145,000 pounds of resin supply for longer stretches between replenishment and assured supply for customers.
Currently exporting 65% of production to countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine, Liteflex expects this expansion will create 15 new jobs in the short term and up to 30 in the next three years.
“We are excited about the growth opportunities for Liteflex and pleased to make the investment in this building as a commitment to creating jobs for our communities,” continued John. “The new positions created by this expansion will join our design, engineering, testing and production teams in driving manufacturing of parts made from advanced materials for the global automotive industry”.
Resumes for production and assembly jobs will be accepted electronically through the company’s website at www.liteflex.com.