MORRISTOWN, Ind.—Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies celebrated the completion of its 20,000-sq.-ft. expansion in Morristown on Sept. 29.
The firm also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its plant in Shelbyville, Ind., on the same date.
Morristown has experienced significant growth, the firm said, which dictated the need for the expansion. The $13 million project, launched in 2015, will help the company meet new customer requirements. Production is expected to increase about 30 percent in the next four years with 75 new jobs being added at the site, which currently employs 355.
The expansion includes new manufacturing space, a new product test lab, a tool fabrication shop and updated metrology areas.
“Shelbyville and Morristown are important facilities in our global network of manufacturing sites, and we are happy to honor them today,” Freudenberg-NOK President Matthew Portu said in a statement. “Both of these facilities have prioritized continuous improvement, innovation, customer satisfaction, health and safety initiatives and community involvement in their plant cultures. Their collaboration with other plants has helped build our company's success.”
Morristown operates in three component areas—special sealing automotive, diaphragms and integrated molded components. The firm said last year the site produced more than 100 million seals, diaphragms and other specialty components.
“We are happy to celebrate the completion of our expansion, and we look forward to the new business opportunities it will drive at our plant,” Morristown Plant Manager Stacy Flora said in a statement. “This is not only a bricks and mortar celebration, it's also a celebration of our people. Morristown's employees are the reason we are successful as both a business and community partner.”