Heil Environmental has begun a $6.4 million plant expansion project that will enhance the manufacturing capabilities at its Fort Payne, Alabama, facility. The project is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2010.
The project includes process and equipment improvements that will significantly increase the company’s mount shop capacity, delivering an estimated 95% improvement in cycle time. The larger plant footprint will also provide additional space for Heil’s Parts Central replacement parts business to grow its operation to better serve Heil’s customers, as well as new office space, break rooms, and locker facilities for Heil’s plant employees.
“The primary goal of this investment in our Fort Payne manufacturing facility is to attain increased capacity, which will accommodate planned future growth,” said Randy Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Dover Corporations’ Environmental Solutions Group (ESG), Heil’s parent company. “Shortening lead times, while improving our manufacturing efficiency, will provide long-term value for our customers, channel partners, and all Heil Environmental employees. This will be a significant competitive advantage for our organization as we consistently look for ways to better service our customers.”
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. This internationally recognized green building certification system provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built to deliver energy savings, water efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions, and improved indoor environmental quality, as well as to demonstrate stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. According to Henson, Heil sees the goal of attaining LEED certification for the facility improvements as a very visible way to support the company’s long-standing commitment to green initiatives.
“LEED certification for the office and plant area improvements will enable Heil’s Fort Payne operation to become the flagship facility for sustainability within the Environmental Solutions Group (ESG),” said Henson. “Because Heil Environmental is a cornerstone of ESG, it is very important that we demonstrate to our customers, employees, and community our commitment to the environment and long-term sustainability.”