A Manufacturing Restructuring Is Underway At Unified Brands
Unified Brands has announced significant changes to and investments in its manufacturing, engineering and support facilities this year and throughout 2019. Manufacturing capacity will increase as the parent of Groen, CapKold, Randell, Avtec, A la Cart, and Power Soak executes plans to create three specialized facilities.
The most significant investment is in Vicksburg, Miss., where the company is opening a new manufacturing facility specializing in production of its standard and configured products. Operations in Pryor, Okla., have already begun transitioning to the new plant; operations in Byram, Miss., will transition to Vicksburg over the next year. Unified Brands also will enhance manufacturing and operations in its Weidman, Mich., facility, which will specialize in differentiated custom-engineered products; the Farwell, Mich., operations team will move there. Unified Brands' corporate headquarters will remain in Conyers, Ga. The restructuring is not expected to affect total employee headcount, product inventory, or manufacturing lead times.
“The new facility in Vicksburg, along with the investments in Weidman, will put us in a great position to improve the work environment for our employees, increase operational efficiencies, and provide a foundation for long-term growth,” says Dave Herring, President of Unified Brands. “It also centralizes our production, engineering, office, and support staff to three centers of excellence, allowing us to better serve our customers, while growing our overall capacity to meet industry needs.”