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Joint integrity specialist Hydratight has started construction at its Antigo facility in Wisconsin to increase its manufacturing capabilities.
The 16,000ft expansion will initially create up to 12 additional jobs at the site, which currently employs around 50 people in manufacturing, engineering, sales and support roles.
It is part of a wider regional strategic shift by Actuant Corporation owned Hydratight in a bid to enhance its factory output, product sales and rental, and service provision from the Northern US region.
Todd Stensberg, Manufacturing Leader, Hydratight said: “The introduction of increased manufacturing in Antigo will mean we have greater agility with faster access to key product components. We’ve relocated specialized equipment from other Hydratight facilities so we have a one stop shop for the manufacturing of our machining and torque products.
“In addition to our torque product line, we will now supply pipe cutting and bevelling clams, milling and keyway cutters, and boring bars to our customers through our sales and rental channels. We are looking forward to the growth of expertise in this region.”
Hydratight has worked with local government partners to expand its facilities and received a $50,000 grant to support the $1 million expansion.
Staff at the Antigo facility will dedicate the new addition to a former employee who served Hydratight for more than 35 years. When it opens by August it will be known as the Andy Bertsch Hall.