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Hermle Completes $3 Million Expansion

Expansion doubles size of its North American headquarters.

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Hermle USA Inc. completed a $3 million expansion that doubles the size of its North American Headquarters in Franklin, Wisconsin. The expansion represents a commitment from the German precision machine tool builder to broaden its presence across North America to support its growing base of customers.

“With the expansion of our U.S. subsidiary, we are able to further optimize our customer service in the North American market,” says Benedikt Hermle, executive board member of Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG. “We’re proud that we can better support our American customers and help them deliver on the production of high quality products made in America.”

The additional 15,000-square-feet of space includes a state-of-the-art technology and innovation center, a dedicated apprenticeship and training area, additional warehouse space, and a “Verweilzeit USA” customer hospitality area.

“The expansion will allow Hermle to develop custom processes in collaboration with customers and demonstrate all the proprietary software tools developed by Hermle to increase efficiency and maximize all aspects of industry 4.0,” says Gunther Schnitzer, co-president and chief technology officer of Hermle USA. “We’re anxiously awaiting the time when we can invite our customers to the totally renovated technology and innovation center with up to eight fully operational machining centers and automation solutions.”

The new warehouse space creates a larger, dedicated area to store high-demand parts and accessories, so the company can ship them more quickly to North American customers. Hermle also made a leap forward in its mission to close the region’s manufacturing skills gap, adding a state-of-the-art training area to give its own team of apprentices and service technicians more dedicated, hands-on practice. The company is already a partner in the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, a collaboration with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest to jumpstart dual training programs based on the German model.