United Grinding breaks ground for new facility

United Grinding breaks ground for new facility

With the new facility, United Grinding will further strengthen its customer service and support, and boost its operational agility for even faster response to ever changing customer needs.

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August 22, 2016

(photo above) Roger Pinney, CEO/vice chairman, board of directors of United Grinding North America, addresses United Grinding Group executives and local dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new United Grinding North America Headquarters in Miamisburg. In attendance were (from left to right) Roger Pinney (speaking), Stephan Nell, CEO United Grinding Group, Richard C. (Dick) Church Jr., Mayor of Miamisburg, Michael Horn, member of the board for Körber AG, Dr. Michael Gebhardt, project leader United Grinding Group, Stefan Walliser, CFO United Grinding North America, Julie Sullivan, vice president of development of Dayton Development Coalition and Tim Sweeney, sector director at JobsOhio.

Miamisburg, Ohio – Grinding and ultra-precision finishing solution provider for the manufacturing industry United Grinding conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 9, 2016, for its new North American Headquarters to be built in Miamisburg, Ohio. United Grinding’s North American market has grown significantly during the last 15 years, and the strategic outlook for the forseeable future includes even more growth.

According to Stephan Nell, CEO of United Grinding Group, the new Miamisburg facility will not only further enhance customer-centric activities, but will also boost operational agility and expand parts, rebuild, retrofit, automation and preventative maintenance offerings in the North American market. All of which further strengthens United Grinding Group’s standing as the industry’s leading total solutions provider.

“This strategic move allows us to provide our customers with solutions unique to the industry,” said Nell. “As a total turnkey solutions provider, we continuously look for new ways to expand our operations and business to benefit our customers and the markets we serve.”

The new United Grinding 100,000-square-foot facility will reside on approximately 15 acres of land near Ohio Interstate 75. In addition to United Grinding North America’s current employees that will move to the new headquarters, the company plans to create significantly more jobs in the next five years.

Through its JobsOhio West initiative, the Dayton Development Coalition has been working with United Grinding to assist in providing community project and incentive resources, and support to aid in the new facility build as well as to drive economic development in the area.

“JobsOhio began working with United Grinding early on in their search for a site to expand their operations," said Julie Sullivan, VP of Development, Dayton Development Coalition. “With the help of our partners in Montgomery County, City of Miamisburg, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, State of Ohio and JobsOhio, we made a strong case for them to expand here in Miamisburg. It keeps them close to their customers and gives them access to a workforce known for its manufacturing expertise. Their commitment to the community shows what can happen when companies are open to learning more about the region and working with the local community.”

United Grinding’s investment on the project will drive economic growth in the Miamisburg area. The company is also working with local government entities to help support the economy and reinforce development.

“The City of Miamisburg is pleased to have United Grinding, a world leader in the manufacturing sector, expand its operations in the Miamisburg business community,” said Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church, Jr. “United Grinding is an organization set for growth and fosters a strong business model, all positive additions to our local community.”

Currently, United Grinding North America has two locations, its headquarters in Miamisburg and one in Fredericksburg, Virgina. While the Ohio facility houses surface, cylindrical and profile grinding business, the Virginia facility services the tool and cutter grinding machines and measurement systems sectors. Field service representatives are based out of both locations.

“The consolidation of resources is a strategic move to increase efficiency companywide and support synergy across United Grinding’s various product lines,” said Rodger Pinney, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at United Grinding North America. “The move is a key component of our new corporate strategy for continued growth and market share strength that we introduced in 2012.”

The new facility will be certified for both Six Sigma and 5S and will align perfectly with the company’s PuLs® initiative. As an internal cross-function initiative, PuLs® focuses on applying best practices in every aspect of the company’s business from sales to applications support to training and preventive maintenance. It also involves the company regularly sending out surveys to effectively gauge customer satisfaction levels via the Net Promoter Score® measuring method.

About United Grinding Group AG
The United Grinding Group AG is the intermediate holding company for the Machine Tools Business Area of the Körber Group. Its holding company, Körber AG, oversees the international technology group with around 11,500 employees worldwide.

The Group combines leading technology companies with over 20 production, service and sales companies and represents a union of the world’s strongest companies in grinding and ultra-precision finishing solutions for the manufacturing industry. Through its Surface and Profile Grinding, Cylindrical Grinding and Tool Grinding technology groups, the company sells and supports precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, combination machining and measuring under the Mägerle, Blohm, Jung, Studer, Schaudt, Mikrosa, Walter and Ewag brands.

About United Grinding North America Inc.
United Grinding North America Inc. is the subsidiary for the North American market, with two production plants of 52,534 sq-ft space in Miamisburg, Ohio and 16,732 sq-ft in Fredericksburg, Virginia and over 165 employees around North America. Apart from its production plants in the U.S., it runs an additional sales and service office in Querétaro, Mexico. United Grinding North America occupies a leading position in the North American grinding machine tool market by offering innovative products in the technology areas of surface & profile grinding, cylindrical grinding and tool grinding. With a wide range of products, application know how from a single source and a high level of innovation capabilities, the customers enjoy the benefits in terms of efficiency, quality and reliability of its products.

Source: United Grinding