Hardinge to Reshore Two Machining Center Lines to Elmira, NY
Hardinge will reshore production of its Bridgeport XR vertical machining centers and Hardinge Talent Series of turning products to its Elmira, NY facility.
Hardinge Inc. will shift the manufacturing of its milling and turning machining center solutions from the Hardinge Taiwan plant to its plant in Elmira, NY. This strategic manufacturing transition consolidates product development, supply chain and assembly operations for the company’s American and Europe turning and milling business to a single U.S.-based location.
Specifically, Hardinge will reshore manufacturing of its Bridgeport XR Series of vertical machining centers and Hardinge Talent Series of turning products to its Elmira, NY facility. Hardinge is modernizing this facility, investing significant resources in new assembly capabilities as well as state-of-the-art heat-treat equipment. Hardinge will complete the manufacturing start-up of this new assembly line during the first quarter of 2021. The Elmira, NY plant is also home to the production of Hardinge workholding products, Super-Precision CNC Lathes and 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,” says Chuck Dougherty, president and co-CEO of Hardinge.
“This is certainly a huge boost for the Elmira community, as we expect to add a significant number of jobs at the plant,” says Craig Perry, Elmira plant manager. “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 says modernizing the facility will make it 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.
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