Cited as the final step in their plan to centralize their staff and operations, including brush production, assembly, distribution and sales and marketing, PFERD today announced that all executive personnel, marketing and customer service positions will be relocated from their long time Leominster location and join with all other company resources at their 100,000 square foot operations center in Milwaukee. This state-of-the-art facility was purchased and officially opened just four years ago. It already houses all brush manufacturing, PFERD and ADVANCE BRUSH brands product distribution and technical training functions.
PFERD President, Gene Huegin, made the announcement and expanded on how the move will effect a positive impact on distributors and customers. "With the initial phase of our consolidation to this more central location in 2011, we were able to provide our distributor partners one-order, one-shipment, one-invoice service to reduce their costs. Now, by having our customer service professionals, marketing support staff and executive personnel situated with all our other resources, customers can take advantage of expediting additional business procedures," Huegin concluded.
This move succeeds the first consolidation of manufacturing, distribution and training functions originally initiated by the company in July 2011. It also underscores PFERD's commitment to the North American market which includes the launching of PFERD Canada in 2009 and the purchase of Superior Abrasives in Dayton, Ohio in 2012. Superior is also currently constructing a new facility in Vandalia, Ohio, near Dayton, which will also have all the latest manufacturing technology and business operations built in.
PFERD INC. is the wholly owned subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH and Co., a 216 year old family owned business in Marienheide, Germany. It has been operating in the United States for over 30 years. Their strong growth in recent years established the need to invest in a larger, more leading edge facility.