Fives Landis Corp. Opens Technology Center in U.S.

Fives Landis Corp. will open its 6,000 square feet Technology Center at its headquarters in Hagerstown, Maryland. The R&D and demo facility will feature grinding systems from the company’s product range, including Landis-Bryant ID/OD grinders, Landis centerless grinders as well as Giustina surface grinding system.

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Fives Landis Corp. will open its Technology Center in North America, located at its headquarters in Hagerstown, Maryland near Washington, DC. At 6,000 square feet, the R&D and demo facility will feature grinding systems from the company’s product range, including Landis-Bryant ID/OD grinders, Landis centerless grinders as well as Giustina surface grinding system.

The Hagerstown facility will be the second of its kind for Fives’ grinding/ultra precision teams after the company’s original demo and research center for grinding applications opened its doors in 2013 at the Fives Landis Ltd. manufacturing plant near Manchester, United Kingdom. It will be a crucial part to the company’s continuous success as a technology leader and strong partner to its growing global customer base.

“The Technology Center is a new milestone in our long company history and the latest step in the process of expanding our business activities beyond our traditional orbital operations,” Executive Director of Business Development Ron Wood says. “We will be able to not only develop and provide new products and processes but also help our customers with a proactive approach when facing the challenges of today’s production environment, whether through test grinds, application and training support or R&D work. We work closely with key suppliers and other industry experts to find solutions that help our customers to improve and optimize their current operations,” Wood continues.

One of the key focuses of the TechCenter operation will be the application support, especially in areas where tough-to-machine or exotic materials traditionally create challenges for equipment and operators, such as in aerospace applications. Application engineers will work with customers from all industries to solve their very specific problems. It will also give clients the opportunity to attend hands-on machine demonstrations to help better understand processes and capabilities.

Besides the company’s commitment to develop and expand its business and invest in technology, the TechCenter underlines Fives’ commitment to the State of Maryland as base of business for precision grinding and investment in its highly skilled workforce. As part of the business expansion, Fives Landis Corp. continues to increase its employee headcount and has added 23 people to its workforce since beginning of 2016.

The company also continues to invest in its internship program and maintains very close relationships with local colleges. Every year between two and five students complete Fives’ internship program in Hagerstown, where they learn basic manufacturing and engineering skills in a realistic business environment. Fives Landis Corp. can look back at a long history as an employer in this area in the manufacturing sector and just recently celebrated its 120th anniversary.

Mr. Wood adds: “As one of the few remaining US precision grinding machine manufacturers in this sector, our goal is to strengthen our market position, domestically as well as globally. The new Technology Center is a great opportunity for us to gain more visibility and to even better engage with our customers.”