UZIN UTZ AG opens first production plant in the U.S.
A ceremony dedicating the first U.S. plant for UZIN UTZ Manufacturing North America Inc. brought more than 150 guests to the festivities in Dover, Delaware. The new facility joins UFLOOR Systems Inc. out of Aurora, Colorado as the second subsidiary of UZIN UTZ AG in the U.S. Floor leveling and patching compounds will be produced for the North American market at the new site. In addition to Administration and R & D departments, a training center for contractor customers is also located in the new building. The company invested just over $13.5 million dollars in the facility.
“After a year of construction, we are proud to announce the completion of our first production plant in America,” Dr. H. Werner Utz, CEO of UZIN UTZ AG, stated. The building, planned by Nutec Design Associates, York, PA., has a total floor space of 64,000 s/f. The production area encompasses 16,000 s/f while the office space for administration is around 8,000 s/f.
“With this second location in the northeastern U.S., we can better cater to the needs of our customers,” said Philipp Utz, President of UZIN UTZ Manufacturing North America Inc. “Short delivery times, good raw material availability and a highly-qualified work force were just some of the key factors for selecting Dover for this new plant location. The proximity to our customers in America and the fast growing Canadian market, good transportation hubs and a modern infrastructure also played a role with this strategic decision.”
A strong presence in the growing U.S. market
In addition to 25,000 tons of leveling and patching compound per year, approximately 15,000 tons of tile adhesive will be produced for the North American market by 2018 in the two-shift operation. 15 employees are currently working in the new plant; additional skilled workers will follow. Three chemists are employed in the research and development department, ensuring maximum product quality of Dover-produced self-leveling and filling compounds. In the new training center, sales employees as well as distributor and contractor customers will be trained in proper application techniques.
“Since 2009, training has always taken place in our Colorado headquarters. We now are looking forward to the addition of this training facility for customers on the east coast,” Philipp Utz explained.
UZIN UTZ AG has been represented in America since 2006 through its North American subsidiary, UZIN UTZ North America Inc. They offer products from the UZIN, Wolff and Pallmann brands.
Technical data for UZIN UTZ Manufacturing North America Inc. in Dover, Delaware
Investment volume: around $13.5 million
Property area: approx. 430,000 s/f
Developed area: approx. 43,000 s/f
Total building s/f: 64,000 s/f
Administrative offices: 8,000 s/f
Production area: 16,000 s/f
Method of construction: one-story steel building with a five-story tower
Products: leveling & patching compounds
Number of employees: 15