Mallard Manufacturing announced plans for a second expansion in three years at its Sterling, Ill., headquarters and manufacturing location.
The expansion includes a new 30,000-square-foot building, making the facility 20% larger, to accommodate increased sales volume and to streamline operations, including reduced lead times and improved manufacturing processes for existing product offerings.
“It’s a group effort that has gotten us to this next plateau,” says Kevin Risch, president. “The Mallard team, from engineering and operations to sales and our distribution network, has seen real excitement over our product and manufacturing enhancements. The results are measurable, and it’s a good place to be at this point in the New Year.”
The centerpiece of the new facility is an industrial powder coat oven, which enables batch processing for powder coating and ultimately produces a more uniform and durable finish, while saving worker time and fuel expenses.
The new building also provides room to reorganize existing space and thereby improve upon the full roller pallet flow assembly process.
Also, Mallard introduced a new plasma cutter in the welding department. Mallard also enhanced its total quality management (TQM) with new packaging and shipping regulations to advance the company-wide goal of 100% customer satisfaction.