Prab Expands Manufacturing Operations in Michigan

The company purchased existing manufacturing space and warehouse buildings across the street from the its current location. The additional space adds manufacturing capacity to159,000 square feet.

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Prab Inc. grows its manufacturing campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The company purchased existing manufacturing space and warehouse buildings across the street from the its current location. The additional space adds manufacturing capacity to159,000 square feet. The purchase of the building also allows the sales and engineering teams from all company divisions to operate under a single roof.

Prab Fluid Filtration and Wastewater treatment divisions will combine in Building 2 with the team from Chip Systems and Conveyors for Die Cast and Stamping. The original plant location, known as Building 1, will house some final assembly, and shipping along with KMC Global corporate functions.

The third campus building is currently being renovated to house the expansion of the company’s controls division. Randy McBroom, Prab V.P. of manufacturing, says, “Expanding our manufacturing and office space capacity solidifies our commitment to U.S. jobs in the state of Michigan and helps us improve workflow and bring some outsourced functions in house. This expansion allows us to meet the needs of our customers today and provides room for growth.”

The company has seen an increased demand for its custom scrap metal and fluid filtration equipment becaues of the changing operating dynamics in major metalworking industries such as; aerospace, automotive, defense, construction equipment and off-road vehicles. For many years, metalworking companies had long runs of the same part and the same material. Change-overs were measured in years, and changes in material types where measured in multiple years. This model has shifted and the metalworking industry is adjusting to the changes by supporting smaller part runs, more frequent changes in design and material type, formula changes in steel and aluminum, and the addition of hard-to-machine alloys such as titanium.

These changes are coupled with the industry’s desire to improve productivity in all aspects of operations; machining processes, scrap metal and fluid recycling and wastewater treatment and reuse.