Halton will open a new US production unit of about 40,000 square feet close to its existing plant in Kentucky, Catering Insight USA can reveal.
The plant will focus on the manufacture of air handling units, make-up air units and exhaust air pollution control systems for the needs of commercial kitchens.
The investment will allow the current plant, with a floor area of almost 86,000 square feet to focus on hood and air distribution solutions.
Expanding production to include air handling units is part of Halton’s new growth strategy, aimed at increasing sales of the company’s customer-oriented total solutions and at doubling its market in North and South America.
The investment is worth a total of around $8m, of which the plant’s machinery accounts for about $4m.
Halton has been expanding its operations in North America steadily since 1997, when it opened the current plant in Scottsville.
In 2018, it acquired LCSystems which brought along new air handling unit know-how and technology that will also be manufactured in the new production unit. In future, the products and solutions manufactured in Halton’s Scottsville plants will complement each other.
“Cutting-edge technology and the ability to provide our customers and users with the best value in the market, even in the most demanding indoor environments, is at the heart of Halton’s business mission,” said Phil Meredith, director of Halton Foodservice for the Americas region.
“Our customers are also increasingly interested in buying high-quality total solutions and we want to offer them the Halton quality all the way.”
In developing and refining new technology for its customers’ demanding environments, Halton has traditionally relied on its international R&D centers, Halton Innovation Hubs, one of which is located in the current Scottsville plant.
A new Halton Innovation Hub is being planned for the new plant within the next couple of years.
“It is important to our customers that we can offer them state-of-the-art technology that also complies with the local standards. Our products aimed at the American market are U.L. and E.T.L. listed,” added Meredith.
The new factory should be operational by the end of the month.
Halton’s operations in North America focus on commercial kitchens and restaurants under the Halton Foodservice business area, and on ships, energy production environments and industrial segments under the Halton Marine business area.
Halton currently employs 176 people in the US. The new factory will initially employ six new employees, and 14 will transfer from the present factory to the new one.