Flexicon Corporation has expanded manufacturing space at its world headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa., to meet increased demand for its bulk handling equipment and systems, according to David Boger, executive vice president of Flexicon.
The new 50,000-square-foot space is slated primarily for warehousing of sub-assemblies, crating, and staging of assembled equipment. This includes stocking of QUICK-SHIP models of Flexible Screw Conveyors, Bulk Bag Dischargers and Bulk Bag Conditioners for immediate shipment, freeing the main facility for increased capacity in fabrication and assembly.
Founded in 1974 in Fairfield, N.J., the company purchased its first manufacturing plant in Lodi, N.J. in 1978, expanded five-fold with the purchase of a plant in Phillipsburg, N.J. in 1988, and added a satellite plant in Easton, Pa. in 1995. U.S. operations were then consolidated and further expanded with construction of the company's world headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa. in 2001.
"In 2014 we doubled the size of our Bethlehem headquarters, maximizing coverage of the existing site, so we are fortunate that a facility adjacent to our main building became available this year," Boger explained.
International plant expansions include the establishment of a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom in 1994, one in South Africa in 2001, and another in Australia in 2008.
The company's technical sales staff has also grown through the addition of 26 factory-direct sales offices located in the U.S., the U.K., Chile, Spain, Germany, France, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia.
"All company locations can readily draw upon Flexicon's 25,000 worldwide installations for existing solutions to most any bulk handling problem,” added Boger.
The company holds 36 patents reflected in the designs of its Flexible Screw Conveyors, Tubular Cable Conveyors, Pneumatic Conveying Systems, Bulk Bag Dischargers, Bulk Bag Conditioners, Bulk Bag Fillers, Bag Dump Stations, Drum/Box/Container Dumpers, and Weigh Batching Systems. A separate Project Engineering Division integrates large-scale systems across all industries in which bulk materials are handled.