NEW BRITAIN - Makino Inc. held a ribbon-cutting Monday to mark the official opening of its new facility and expansion of SST, a global distributor of leading machine tool and consumable brands, on Myrtle Street.
Makino is a Japanese company that is headquartered in Mason, Ohio and recently acquired Global EDM - a New Britain-based company, which was located at 411 John Downey Drive.
With the recent partnership, the company began looking for a larger space to service its extensive list of manufacturers in Connecticut and the eastern seaboard.
“Global EDM Supplies has deep roots in New Britain, and with that comes strong customer relationships and an experienced employee base that we wanted to sustain and grow. Even though we have a new name and new facility, we are the same people dedicated to fueling the manufacturing industry within this region,” Tom Kucharski, former president at Global EDM and consumable sales and operations manager at SST, said.
The 40,000-square-foot facility is going to serve as SST’s EDM (electrical discharge machining) consumable headquarters, now the largest EDM consumables company in North America.
“This is another example of a business that has chosen to invest and expand in New Britain,” said Mayor Erin Stewart.
She added, “Our goal is to support regional manufacturers and progress our economic development plan to build a world-class technology corridor.”
The facility is designed to house the combined workforce of SST Consumables and Global EDM Supplies, including the service, application, sales and operation departments.
Additionally, a Makino showroom is incorporated into the facility for machine demonstrations and training, along with an ample warehouse to ensure product availability and quick delivery.
The company also plans to include digital and interactive training to expand employees’ knowledge on machinery that may not be in the showroom.
The high-tech and rather clean environment of the space shows how far manufacturing has come, and that it is no longer a dirty, dark and grungy place.
“We want young kids, the next generation to get into manufacturing,” said Kurcharski.
Each year, Makino produces 80 to 100 machines in the region, selling for $100,000 to $3 million per machine.
The space at 225 Myrtle St. currently employs 20 workers, but the company is looking to double the size within the next year.
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