SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Norres North America Inc. has made major growth strides during the last four and a half years and has plans in place to continue that upward climb for a long time to come.
A subsidiary of Germany-based Norres Schlauchtechnik, Norres North America was established in 2014 when the firm purchased a 30,000-sq.-ft. plant and warehouse that sits on 3.67 acres in South Bend. The warehouse operation began operating immediately, and in mid-2015, in a 15,000-sq.-ft. refurbished section of the site, the firm started producing hose for sale in the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets.
It has grown rapidly since then. In the last three years alone, the North American subsidiary has experienced double digit growth, according to Mark Bobonick, director of sales and operations at the North American unit. And, he added, it is on track for another double digit year in 2019.
Originally the North American business began operating with just two or three people. "Over the years we have added key staff members in our manufacturing, sales, warehouse and shipping departments," he said. It currently employs about 18 people. "We also utilize manufacturing sales representatives covering the majority of the North American market."