WALBRZYCH, Poland—Tristone Flowtech Group GmbH's production complex in Walbrzych is growing rapidly as is the company's capabilities to produce more rubber hose and plastic pipes.
Work on an estimated 14,000-sq.-ft. expansion of the firm's plastic products building was recently completed and a grand opening ceremony at the site was held in early June. "The group spent $3.4 million on investments in the expanded plastic production facility as well as in machinery and equipment," according to Guenter Froelich, CEO and president of Tristone.
In addition, about 5,400 square feet was added to the company's central engineering laboratory.
Meanwhile, on June 19, a groundbreaking was held to mark another expansion, this one to double the manufacturing and logistics space at the firm's hose and logistics halls within the complex. Tristone plans to expand them by about 66,700 square feet, Froelich said.
He said more machinery and equipment will be added at the hose building as part of the expansion, which is needed to help handle booked business with major original equipment manufacturers.
Tristone will spend an estimated $8.3 million on the expanded hose manufacturing and logistics halls as well as for the additional machinery and equipment, he said, adding that completion of the expansion is expected by March 2020.
"Total plant production and logistic space (in the entire complex) currently is about 119,500 square feet without the further expansion of 66,700 square feet (at the hose and logistics halls)," Froelich said. Also not included is space used for the engineering laboratory and offices.
Tristone, which has an overall work force of more than 3,400 employees, currently employs close to 700 at its Walbrzych complex and expects to add another 200 employees in the next two years, the company said.