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Hardinge Reshores Manufacturing Capacity

Hardinge Inc. is shifting the manufacturing of its milling and turning machining center solutions from the Hardinge Taiwan plant to its plant in Elmira, New York.

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Hardinge Inc., a provider of advanced metal cutting and material cutting tool solutions and accessories, is shifting the manufacturing of its milling and turning machining center solutions from the Hardinge Taiwan plant to its plant in Elmira, New York. This strategic manufacturing transition focuses product development, supply chain and assembly operations for the company’s Americas and Europe turning and milling business to a single U.S.-based location. The company says this will enable it to supply customers with a stronger line of innovative, high-quality milling and turning products assembled in the U.S.

The process includes repatriating the manufacturing of its Bridgeport XR Series of vertical machining centers and the Hardinge Talent Series of turning products to the company’s Elmira, New York facility, which has been a crucial production site for the company since 1931. Hardinge is modernizing this facility, investing significant resources in new assembly capabilities as well as state-of-the-art heat-treat equipment to better support the initiative. Hardinge plans to complete the manufacturing startup of this new assembly line during the first quarter of 2021.

These product lines will be available in the U.S. market through Hardinge’s distribution partners — Gosiger and Morris Group Inc. The Elmira plant is also home to the production of Hardinge workholding products, Super-Precision CNC Lathes and the Bridgeport Knee Mills.

“We are very excited to make this move, as it brings the products closer to the customers we serve and leverages the many years of experience we have in Elmira,” says Chuck Dougherty, Hardinge’s president and co-CEO. “It also enables us to bring capabilities back to the U.S., which we are extremely proud to do.”

Following the transition, the Taiwan location will continue to operate as one of Hardinge’s regional sales and fulfillment facilities as well as a global engineering center supporting the needs of its international customers.