The expansion will enable the company to keep up with year over year growth and keep its high standing in the commercial manufacture of rollers and coverings serving the industries of converting, steel, packaging, plastics and other industrial uses of large rolls for industry. The multi-million dollar expansion of the plant floor will double the manufacturing footprint, providing a division between Menges' two core competencies of Rubber Roller Covering and Core/Heat Transfer Roller manufacturing.
Matt Menges, president, announced that this is the first time a new machine tool has been placed on order that ever listed in excess of $1 million. “Our plant is now full CNC on the core manufacturing side, which enables us to manufacture in the most efficient means possible,” he says. “Our new lathe has capacity to 72” diameter and 275” in length, with live tooling and 3 axis machining capability."
The entire new addition is designed to be serviced by four -10 ton overhead cranes, giving 40,000 lbs of lifting capacity per bay to service the ever increasing roll sizes that are manufactured regularly. Menges expects completion of the building addition in the coming months, and then installation will begin on the new equipment additions.