ANSONIA, Conn.—Farrel Pomini held a grand opening for its new corporate headquarters facility, celebrating consolidating its offices from three different buildings all under one roof for the first time in more than 100 years.
The new building, which is about 60,000 square feet, collects its administration and production facilities together, which were originally in two adjacent buildings in Ansonia, with its research and development and process laboratory facility, originally in Oxford, Conn.
The project represents about a $12 million investment by the company, and currently supports about 90 employees with room for expansion, said Lori Sheehan, sales and marketing coordinator. No new jobs are being added in the short term with the new building.
About 65 customers and other guests attended the grand opening, which included a plant tour of the company's new headquarters.
The facility is an effort to modernize and optimize workflow efficiencies, Sheehan said.
"We went from very old, dated buildings that were really designed mostly for other processes that we made work for our current product line of compact processors and continuous mixers, to a facility that's really been designed strictly for assembling those items and accommodating our administrative offices," she said.
Much of the focus of the design for the new building went to the assembly floor, streamlining production of the company's principal products, such as continuous mixers and compact processors. One advantage to the new design is the use of assembly cells that are designed and optimized to complete construction without moving parts or the machine to other parts of the assembly floor.