More U.S. Growth For Bosch Rexroth
Bosch Rexroth has begun operations at its new hydraulics manufacturing and distribution center in Bethlehem, Penn. The $2.2 million expansion adds about 150,000 sq. ft., giving the company approximately 200,000 sq. ft. over two buildings for the distribution and manufacturing operation.
With the expansion, Bethlehem is now home to seven Bosch Rexroth facilities across two campuses with approximately 450,000 total sq. ft. for manufacturing, distribution, logistics, administration, service and storage – making it the company’s second-largest hydraulics operation in the U.S. behind its Fountain Inn, S.C., facility, which was expanded last year. (See May 2013 Diesel Progress).
Bosch Rexroth Americas President and CEO Berend Bracht said the opening of the new center is the latest step in the company’s “local for local” strategy to expand manufacturing, service and support in the regions most appropriate for its customer base.
“Not only is Bethlehem a convenient location from which to serve our hydraulics customers in North America,” Bracht said, “but this region has also played a major role in Bosch Rexroth’s history. As our business has grown here over the years, we’ve been able to add good manufacturing jobs for the region’s very capable employee base.”
The new manufacturing facility houses the company’s valve and manifold manufacturing center for mobile and industrial hydraulics, while the new logistics and distribution facility handles shipments to over 500 customers, including its nationwide network of Bosch Rexroth distributors.
In addition to valves and manifolds, the new manufacturing facility produces mobile, industrial and compact controls and provides testing and service support. The company’s overall Bethlehem operations also include production for large hydraulic systems and power units, which are produced in its City Line Road facilities.
Customers served out of the new Bethlehem facility include those in the construction and agricultural mobile equipment industries and marine and offshore, as well as its U.S. distributor network.
In addition to Bethlehem and Fountain Inn, Bosch Rexroth has facilities for industrial and mobile hydraulic components in Houston and Dallas, Texas, Lake Zurich, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio.