Robotic equipment maker Sepro America LLC has expanded into a new building that is nearly double the size of its previous space.
The new building is located in Warrendale, Pa., a little more than 10 miles from the company’s previous location in Emsworth. Both cities are suburbs of Pittsburgh.
According to Jim Healy, vice president, sales and marketing, the move was prompted by recent double-digit growth and the need to provide customers with enhanced capabilities in training and application development.
“This new facility gives us everything we need to serve our customers more effectively,” Healy said. “After several years of expansion – in both robot sales and in employment numbers – we really needed a bigger, better space. Now we have much more office area, more training and conference room, as well as increased square footage for robot and tooling assembly, customer run-offs and equipment inventory.”
At its former location, Sepro America had a total of 9,150 square feet, while the new building offers 16,500 square feet, including a large “workshop” area, which encompasses assembly, testing, and warehouse space. Office space has doubled in size to 6,700 square feet, Healy said, and there is an 800-square-foot training room with 18-foot ceiling height.
2013 was a record sales year for company, Healy said, with orders projected to outpace 2012 by some 34 per cent increase over 2012 and double 2011 sales. “In the last five years, North America has gone from being Sepro’s third biggest global market to the number one position, accounting for almost a quarter of company sales,” Healy said.
Sepro America now employs nearly 30 (up from 20 in 2011) and anticipates adding at least two more positions during 2014.
The company is represented in Canada by Dier International Plastics Inc. (Markham, Ont.) and Industries Laferriere (Mascouche, Que.).