Rattunde to bring manufacturing to American shores
Rattunde Corporation, a German-based manufacturer of finished length tube and solid bar production systems, has been operating in the North American market for over seven years. The company’s success during that time has resulted in today’s announcement by Rattunde Corporation President Richard Stadler of plans to build a 30,000 square-foot facility near the company’s current location in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 14 acres of land have been purchased by the company in nearby Caledonia Township and work has begun on the new facility, scheduled to open in April, 2014.
Initially, the plant will house a manufacturing and machine assembly operation, including the production of tooling and various machine components. Future plans call for an expansion of the building to over 100,000 square feet, enabling Rattunde to produce their entire finished length tube and solid bar production systems here. This decision was reached, after an analysis of the current and anticipated business needs of the company, according to Stadler. “Our growth in North America has been rapid, though not unexpected, due to the unique nature of our equipment and the reliability of its performance.” Stadler further noted the growth of the company into the Canadian and Mexican markets, especially automotive and related transportation sectors, made the new facility a logical strategic choice.
Rattunde envisions many upsides will be derived from this new facility, including faster response times, custom tooling production, dedicated component manufacturing and assembly of the machines. A dedicated area within the new facility will also house a technical center with a machine onsite at all times for demonstration and training.