Cybex International, Inc. has opened a new, $15 million, 340,000 square foot eco-friendly manufacturing facility in Owatonna, MN. This facility is expected to serve projected growth and to generate significant manufacturing efficiencies over time. The companys new location is less than one mile from the original Owatonna facility which had been the site for manufacturing strength training equipment since 1985.
John Aglialoro, CYBEXs chairman and CEO, commented, “The expansion marks a new phase of innovation and is also an example of our disciplined approach to growth. Were investing in our employees and our processes and believe that with a sound workforce and progressive manufacturing capabilities, we will continue to grow our business and reinforce our brand with the high levels of quality control and the short lead times that are absolutely critical to our business.”
The facility, projected to enhance CYBEXs manufacturing while also maintaining its Owatonna employee base, is 70% larger than the previous plant. It has 275,000 square feet of manufacturing space with expandable capabilities of up to 490,000 square feet. This includes 35,000 square feet of office space and 30,000 square feet of warehouse space. The companys focus on manufacturing efficiencies will continue with a new $3.5 million state-of-the-art powder coat paint electrostatic system, robotic weld cells and a tube laser.
The building is designed to be environmentally sound and incorporates natural lighting and water recycling systems that provide cost-savings on maintenance and efficient energy consumption, while reducing green house gases and mercury pollution. The 36 acre area surrounding the facility will be seeded for the use of wildlife and natural foliage.
“CYBEXs new facility is the type of high-quality investment we need for the Owatonna community, Southern Minnesota and our entire state to remain competitive and growing,” Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said. “The Companys entrepreneurship, energy and commitment have fueled the need for this new facility and its a great example of real economic growth, maintaining and creating good jobs, and enhancing our states long-term prosperity.”
Although CYBEX was pursued by other communities to relocate, it was Owatonnas support coupled with CYBEXs commitment to its existing workforce and providing a better quality of life for those employees that made the new location ideal. Twenty two teams of employees were involved in the 27 months of project planning. As part of the new capital investment, CYBEX trained its veteran workforce to supervise and interact with robotics and the industrys most advanced equipment.
“CYBEX earned broad-based support for its vision from the Owatonna community and Steele County, the Chamber of Commerce and so many others,” said Ed Kurzontkowski, SVP of manufacturing and engineering for CYBEX. “It has been a collaborative effort and one that, starting today, provides a new beginning and bright future for all involved.”