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Swiss Automation plans to expand, add 60 employees

Published: Sunday, June 1, 2014 5:50 a.m. CDT
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(H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com)
Swiss Automation material handler Eric Aguilar, (lower right), works in the company's 34,000-square-foot facility in Cary. An expansion project will add 18,000 square feet to the existing building. The addition is expected to be completed in the fall of this year.
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Swiss Automation machinist Jason Matijevic (left) and machinist apprentice Jeff Lindaur check specifications of hydraulic components at the company's Cary facility. The company plans to add 18,000 square feet to its existing 34,000-square-foot facility.
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(H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com)
Swiss Automation machinist Jason Matijevic checks specifications of a hydraulic component at the company's Cary facility.

CARY – Work has begun for an 18,000-square-foot expansion at Swiss Automation that is expected to bring 60 new jobs to Cary in the coming years.

The precision machining company is adding on to its 34,000-square-foot Cary facility, a project that is expected to be completed by the fall, said company Vice President Vanessa Malo-Kurzinski.

"We need the room," Malo-Kurzinski said. "We're about to be maxed out in Cary."

The Lake Barrington-based company purchased its Cary location in 2010, and is close to filling it up, Malo-Kurzinski said.

"We anticipate the way orders are coming ... we're going to need the space," she said.

Of the new space, 85 percent will be for machinery. The remaining will be for storage, Malo-Kurzinski said.

The company, which has 50 employees at its Cary location, expects to add 60 employees over the next couple of years, after the expansion is complete. The company hopes the expansion lasts eight to 10 years.

The new workers will mostly be machinists, with some material handlers, shipping employees and inspectors, Malo-Kurzinski said.

Malo-Kurzinski did not release the cost of the expansion.

When work is completed, the company expects to add 55 to 65 new machines to the Cary location. Currently there are 128 machines between Swiss Automation's Cary and Lake Barrington locations.

The company also plans an expansion of its Lake Barrington facility.

Swiss Automation uses computer numeric controls to make custom precision screw-machine parts and components for construction equipment, such as man-lifts and cherry pickers, medical equipment, defense and military parts, and aerospace equipment. The majority of the company's work is with the hydraulic and pneumatic industries, Malo-Kurzinski said.

She said the company is appreciative of the assistance from Cary officials to help move the project move forward quickly. She also pointed out how the village has cut its permit fees in half.

"They're great to work with," Malo-Kurzinski said.

Cary's Director of Community and Economic Development Chris Stilling said the village is looking forward to the Swiss Automation construction project.

"We're really excited about seeing a business expand in our community," Stilling said.

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About Swiss Automation

Location: Based in Lake Barrington, with a second plant at 185 Detroit St. in Cary.

Phone number: 847-381-4405

Website: www.swissautomation.com

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