United Grinding North America will close its Fredericksburg, VA, office on July 1 and move those operations to its headquarters in Miamisburg, OH. “This tactical move is part of an overall strategy designed with the customer at the forefront,” said Theodore Neckel, director of corporate marketing for United Grinding North America. “We pay very close attention to the voice of our customers, and they’ve expressed a need for a faster response time and complete turnkey, life-cycle solutions. With all our operations under one roof, we will streamline our services and enhance the United Grinding business experience for our customers.”
Currently, the Ohio facility houses surface, cylindrical and profile grinding business units while the Virginia facility serves the tool and cutter grinding machines and measurement systems sectors. Field service representatives are based at both locations.
According to United Grinding, its North American business has grown substantially over the last 15 years, and the strategic outlook for the foreseeable future encompasses more growth, including the construction, currently underway, of a new headquarters in Miamisburg. Many of United Grinding North America’s Fredericksburg-based staff will relocate to Ohio, work from home offices or be deployed geographically closer to customers.
According to Stephan Nell, CEO of parent company United Grinding Group AG, the decision to build a new facility that houses both Fredericksburg and Miamisburg locations was easy. “Our customers will see enhanced customer-centric activities, but also a boost in operational agility,” said Nell. “We will expand parts, rebuild and retrofit, automation and preventive maintenance offerings in the North American market.”
“The consolidation of resources also further increases efficiency company-wide along with support synergy across United Grinding’s various product lines,” said Rodger Pinney, CEO and vice chairman of the board of directors, United Grinding North America. “The move is a key component of our new corporate strategy of sustained growth and market share strength we first introduced in 2012.”
The new 110,000-sq.-ft. headquarters will reside on 15 acres of land near Ohio Interstate 75 and the rapidly expanding Austin Landing area of Miamisburg. Completion is expected on Sept. 1, 2017. Until that time, the current Miamisburg location will house all office employees. In addition to United Grinding’s current 100 employees that will move to the new headquarters, the company plans to open up 40 more jobs in the next five years. The company is planning a grand opening on Nov. 3, 2017.