Will increase size of Assembly and Machining area by 20%
(Webster, SD) – Mereen-Johnson, LLC, makers of world-class industrial saws and woodworking machines, today broke ground on an expansion of their manufacturing facility located in Webster, South Dakota.
“Today we are pleased to enter a new phase in our growth as a company,” said Paul Wilmes, Mereen-Johnson CEO. “With this expansion we will be able to meet the growing demand for our machines now and into the future.”
Mereen-Johnson, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1905, opened its “Western Division” in Webster, South Dakota in 1973. The Webster facility has grown over the years taking over more of Mereen-Johnson’s manufacturing needs. In 2006 Mereen-Johnson closed its Minneapolis factory and consolidated all of its manufacturing in Webster.
In the last five years Mereen-Johnson has seen a doubling in sales in both new machines and in parts sales for existing machines. The number of employees at the Webster facility has more than doubled in that time frame as well. In addition to expanding the plant, Mereen-Johnson is also investing in modernization of the plant as well.
“This plant expansion, and accompanying modernization, will allow us to shorten our lead times, making us better positioned to meet the needs of our customers,” stated Wilmes.
Mereen-Johnson is known around the world for making long lasting, high-tech, heavy duty machines.
Participating in the ground breaking will be Del Compaan, who in March celebrates his 40th year with Mereen-Johnson in Webster. Del is currently the head of the machining department and is a prime example of the dedication to excellence which runs through the entire Mereen-Johnson organization.
“Thanks to people like Del, our employee’s dedication to excellence has made Mereen-Johnson the standard for leading technology and lasting performance since 1905,” stated Wilmes
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