Germany’s Berghoff Group to Open Alabama Production Facility
The Berghoff Group announced plans today to set up its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Auburn, Alabama, where it will invest $30 million and create 100 precision-machining jobs over the next five years.
Starting in 2017, Berghoff Precision Machining will use its manufacturing expertise to produce parts in Auburn for key customers in the equipment fabrication, semiconductor, and aerospace industries.
“The Berghoff Group is a family-owned firm with a strong tradition here in Germany,” said John Emerson, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, who announced the deal. “We are proud to join that tradition with U.S. productivity and innovation – among the many reasons foreign firms choose to invest in the United States.”
“With the North America operation we will be able to serve our global customers both from Europe and the U.S.,” said Oliver Bludau, CEO of the Berghoff Group.
“We are very grateful to the State of Alabama and the City of Auburn for the support that our project is receiving,” Bludau added.
The Berghoff Group specializes in the mechanical processing of highly complex workpieces, including five-axis and high-speed machining. It machines a variety of high-performance metals in the high-mix, low-volume and high-complexity fields.
The German company said the presence of Auburn University and its well-regarded engineering program played an important role in its location decision. Auburn University has launched a broad initiative to become a leader in 3-D printing technology – also known as additive manufacturing – while GE Aviation is preparing its Auburn plant to 3-D print fuel nozzles for jet engines.
The Auburn facility will be Berghoff’s fifth manufacturing location, joining operations in Germany and Switzerland. The Berghoff Group will strengthen the reputation of the Auburn area as center for advanced manufacturing, according to Bludau.
Last year, another German company, Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH, announced plans to open a $17 million manufacturing facility in Auburn to produce precision engine components for automakers.