ITW chairman and CEO of Scott Santi flew over to Germany to break ground on a giant warewashing equipment manufacturing plant being built by its subsidiary Hobart.
In a sign of how strategically important the investment is to the group, Mr Santi travelled over to Offenburg especially for the symbolic event.
The factory is being built next to Hobart’s existing German factory and will double the size of its production capacity to 70,000 units annually when it opens in 2020.
Group president of global warewash, Axel Beck, said Hobart was making a major investment in the plant and that the 12,000 square metre facility would deliver significant benefits and savings in terms of time and cost.
“We are sending out a clear message with the plant expansion and are looking forward to a very promising future,” he commented.
The Offenburg facility has already hired 80 new staff over the past 18 months and will continue to add to this number ahead of the 2020 date line.
Hobart’s Offenburg facilities are used to build commercial warewashing equipment that is sold across Europe and most of Asia, except for China.
It has a separate manufacturing facility in North America to serve US customers.