Sterling, IL — Mallard Manufacturing, a manufacturer of gravity flow storage products, announces their second expansion in three years with a new 30,000-square-foot building at their headquarters and manufacturing location in Sterling, IL.
The overall Mallard facility is now 20 percent larger. The new building adds to the recently expanded 150,000-square-foot building to accommodate increased sales volume and to streamline operations. This includes reduced lead times and improved manufacturing processes for existing product offerings.
“It’s a group effort that has gotten us to this next plateau,“ says Kevin Risch, President of Mallard Manufacturing. He adds, “The Mallard team, from engineering and operations to sales and our distribution network, has seen real excitement over our product and manufacturing enhancements. The results are measurable and it’s a good place to be at this point in the new year.”
Mallard Manufacturing Plant Expansion
- New 30,000-square-foot building
- Industrial powder coat oven
- Plasma cutter
- Streamlined manufacturing
- Additional office space
The centerpiece of the new facility is an industrial powder coat oven which enables batch processing for powder coating and ultimately produces a more uniform and durable finish while saving worker time and fuel expenses.
Mallard is using the new facility to cut lead times with a more streamlined, vertically integrated, manufacturing process. The new building provides room to reorganize existing space and thereby improve upon the full roller pallet flow assembly process, as one example.
Also, Mallard has introduced a new plasma cutter in the welding department. Plasma cutters are known for cleaner, faster cutting of steel and aluminum, both of which are major gravity flow system components.
Mallard’s Total Quality Management (TQM) program was enhanced last year with new packaging and shipping regulations to advance the company-wide goal of 100 percent Customer Satisfaction. Mallard’s TQM effort is getting another significant boost this year with the new facility, technology and equipment additions. From product and system testing to manufacturing, finishing, packaging and shipping, Mallard’s focus is Customer Satisfaction.