Bodine Electric Company Announces Major Plant ExpansionMonday, November 24, 2008
CHICAGO, IL — Last month marked a major milestone for Bodine Electric Company, as its strategic plant consolidation project has been completed. The company, a major North American manufacturer of fractional horsepower gearmotors, motors, and motor speed controls announces the Peosta, Iowa plant is now fully operational. More than 100 new CNC machining jobs were created and the size of the company’s facility was more than doubled to 140,000 sq.-ft. It is now home to most of the company’s manufacturing and all assembly operations. In addition, Bodine expanded its partnership with Iowa Community College (NICC) in Dubuque, IA, on various employee-training programs.
By locating all manufacturing under one roof in this central Midwest location, Bodine will be able to respond more quickly to engineering, prototype, and quick turnaround requests. The facility, originally built in 1991, now includes over 60 precision CNC milling, grinding, gear cutting and turning centers --some of which were previously located in the Chicago plant. The Peosta plant is designed around flexible cellular manufacturing principles, allowing the company to continuously adapt its manufacturing processes to the needs of its customers, both in the U.S. and globally.
Parallel to the plant expansion, Bodine Electric partnered with the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) on various employee training programs. Most recently, NICC and Bodine Electric developed a 2-week training program that focused on CNC operation, blueprint reading and inspection of machined parts. Bodine Electric Company has sponsored employee training at various NICC locations, as well as at the Peosta plant.
According to John Bodine, president of Bodine Electric Company, “Our plant in Iowa has been a successful operation from the start, over 15 years ago. The decision to consolidate both plants was more than just adding manufacturing capacity to our assembly operations. This was a strategic decision by the owners and management team that will enable us to further reduce lead-times, increase productivity and manufacturing efficiency, and also to contain costs.”
Bodine Electric Company is a leading manufacturer of high-performance fractional horsepower (less than 1HP / 746 Watts) gearmotors, motors and motor speed controls in North America. Bodine Electric offers over 1,000 standard products, and thousands of custom designed integral gearmotors, motors and motion control solutions -- AC induction, Brushless DC, and Permanent Magnet DC. Bodine products are available online at www.Bodine-Electric.com, via an extensive distributor network or sold directly to OEMs. Known for their reliability, long life and competitive prices, Bodine gearmotors are found in many demanding industrial and commercial applications, such as, medical devices, scientific and laboratory equipment, labeling equipment, printing presses, packaging equipment, and factory automation. Bodine is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with manufacturing, assembly and warehouse operations in Peosta, Iowa, U.S.A.