Stolle expands operations at two plants

Stolle CentennialCan making machinery supplier Stolle Machinery Company has completed a major expansion project at two of its plants.

Stolle’s manufacturing facilities in Centennial, Colorado and Canton, Ohio US, have both been given an overhaul.

In Centennial (near Denver), a 42,000 square foot warehouse has been added to the south side of the building to allow the company to accommodate the growing demand for the can making machinery built there. Primary construction was completed in just five months.

Since December, Stolle has been erecting storage systems and moving its extensive inventory of parts and machine components into the new warehouse.

“We’ve been so busy that we’ve had to use a 20,000 square foot warehouse down the street plus a number of semi trailers,” says Len Ver Hoven, senior vice president of operations for Centennial. “We’ve finished moving all of that inventory into the new warehouse space, so now everything is under one roof. This not only speeds up operations, but also frees up space in our main plant for more assembly area – in the coming months we’ll be adding pads for additional decorator and bodymaker assembly. We’ll also have more space to store parts kits and upgrade packages for our equipment.”

Stolle has also added additional staff and capabilities at its Canton, Ohio manufacturing facility. Stolle Canton Tool will produce precision tooling components for high-speed cupping and shell systems. This expansion was the result of Stolle’s recent acquisition of the assets of the Mercier Tool and Die Company (no longer affiliated with the Mercier Engineering Group).

“As a long time member of the Canton business community, Stolle felt is was important to keep a well respected machine shop operating and preserve jobs for 12 skilled toolmakers, some of which had a long tenure with their former company,” says Michael Larson, Stolle’s vice president of operations for Ohio. “This was a good strategic move for Stolle and our Ohio operations, as it will help ensure consistent and faster delivery times for critical tooling components.”

“2012 was a record year for Stolle,” says Len Ver Hoven, “We’re investing in our facilities now to keep up with the all orders for new machines and parts that are coming in from around the world.”

Stolle’s 90,000 square foot Centennial facility is home to its flagship manufacturing facility, corporate headquarters and engineering support. The Canton facilities specialise in designing and building cupping and shell systems, new die sets, as well as refurbishing die sets and complete systems.

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