NE: Intersystems Breaks Ground on $10 Million Expansion in Omaha
6 Sep, 2011
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Intersystems is pleased to announce the expansion of their Omaha, NE facility located on Highway 133 near Rainwood Road. Construction of the 60,000 sq. ft. addition will begin immediately, with completion scheduled for January 2012. The company expects the cost of the expansion and additional manufacturing equipment to top $10 Million.
Intersystems designs and manufactures material handling, sampling and weighing equipment used in grain, feed and processing facilities. The company moved from their former Millard locations into a new 140,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in northwest Omaha in 2009. Today’s announced expansion of that new facility is necessary to meet the increased worldwide demand for their products.
“This expansion will allow us to increase our capacity and maintain short lead times that are critical to our customers,” said Tom Schroeder, President and COO. “Intersystems has developed a reputation for providing high quality engineered products with industry-leading delivery times. It is critical that we continue to make the appropriate investments to ensure availability of our products."
Production and employment has steadily increased at Intersystems' Omaha facility. When the new plant opened in 2009, the company employed 140 people. Today, that number has risen to over 200 employees and is expected to increase by an additional 25 to 30 people during the next year. These positions will include manufacturing, engineering, sales and administrative jobs.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition to the facility, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman commented, “Nebraskans can be proud of our business climate and skilled workforce that has contributed to this company realizing a 63% sales growth in 2010 and 30% growth expectation in 2011. The growth and success of Intersystems is a great example of how our state continues to move forward.”
“I am always excited to participate in events that mean more jobs for the men and women of Omaha,” said Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. “Intersystems has provided quality jobs to its 205 current employees and here we are breaking ground on an expansion that will be the home of an additional 30 employees in 2012.”
Continued worldwide growth in demand for food has spurred Intersystems' growth. Domestic demand has been strong, while international opportunities continue to grow at a rapid pace. 40% of Intersystems' volume is shipped internationally. Earlier this year the company opened a sales office in Ukraine to service the growing market there and in Russia. A wide variety of international markets will continue to provide growth opportunities for the company.
"In 2009, when Intersystems opened their new facility, they demonstrated their confidence in Omaha as the right place to support a large manufacturing-based operation," said David G. Brown, President and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. "At that time, Intersystems CEO Walter Greig said he wanted to be ready when things picked up in 2010 and 2011. That was a smart business move that has paid off. Today, they break ground on an expansion that will bring more jobs and an additional $10 million investment to Greater Omaha."
Intersystems President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Schroeder cited the company's skilled and dedicated work force as a key to the company's growth. "Our employees have a strong work ethic and provide us a competitive advantage in markets all over the world. We have been able to attract a high quality workforce and they will continue to be critical to our success." This expansion will allow for continued opportunities for Intersystems current and future Omaha workforce.