Machining Solutions Hardinge to Bring Manufacturing Capacity Back to the US
Hardinge Inc. announced plans to move manufacturing of its milling and turning machining center solutions from Hardinge's Taiwan facility to its Elmira, United States, plant. Product development, supply chain and assembly operations for the company's turning and milling business in the Americas and Europe will thus be concentrated in a single location.
The company will be repatriating the manufacturing of its Bridgeport XR Series of vertical machining centers and the Hardinge Talent Series of turning products. The machining solutions provider will now manufacture the Bridgeport and Talent Series’ in the Company’s Elmira, New York facility which has been a crucial production site since 1931. Hardinge is modernizing this facility, investing significant resources in new assembly capabilities as well as state of the art heat-treat equipment to better support the initiative. The company has begun the transition process already, and will complete the manufacturing start-up of this new assembly line in Elmira, NY during the first quarter of 2021. These product lines will be available in the US market through Hardinge’s valued distribution partners - Gosiger and Morris Group Inc. The Elmira, NY plant is also home to the production of Hardinge workholding products, Super-Precision CNC Lathes and the Bridgeport Knee Mills.
“We are very excited to make this move, as it brings the products closer to the customers we serve and leverages the many years of experience we have in Elmira,” said Chuck Dougherty, President & Co-CEO, Hardinge. “It also enables us to bring capabilities back to the US, which we are extremely proud to do.”
“This is certainly a huge boost for the Elmira community, as we expect to add a significant number of jobs at the plant,” said Craig Perry, Plant Manager, Elmira. “Given the plant’s tremendous capabilities, and the extensive knowledge of the workforce here, it was a compelling opportunity to bring this manufacturing capacity to the Elmira, NY facility.”
Hardinge will be investing significantly to transition its Elmira plant to build these new solutions as well as to modernize its U.S. manufacturing operations in an effort to produce to the highest level of quality in the industry. The expansion and modernization of the facility will make this one of the most advanced precision tools manufacturing plants in the world, resulting in a substantial increase of the workforce at this site by the end of fiscal year 2021. Following the transition, the Taiwan location will continue to operate as one of Hardinge’s regional sales and fulfillment facilities as well as a global engineering center supporting the needs of its international customers.