FUCHS Petrolub SE, the largest independent lubricant manufacturer in the world, announced the grand opening of a new USD26 million grease manufacturing plant, research laboratory and warehouse near Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. The 34,000 square-foot factory, the most modern grease plant in North America, will serve the automotive, heavy-duty truck, construction, rail, and off-road markets in the region.
FUCHS Chairman and CEO, Stefan Fuchs, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the state-of-the-art facility in Harvey, Ill., yesterday. The company’s overall operations at the site, which is near Chicago’s south side, employ 400 people.
“This is North America’s newest and most modern grease plant,” said Fuchs, who traveled from the company’s headquarters in Germany to mark the plant’s opening. “This new facility is a part of our worldwide strategy to have globally identical production equipment, finishing equipment, quality control test devices, and identical quality standards, all of which serve our customers with high-quality products that fit their needs.”
“Our new plant near Chicago has high-end product and quality control equipment built with our customers’ highest quality standards in mind,” said Keith Brewer, president and CEO of FUCHS Lubricants Company. “We have absolutely the best facility for serving the needs of our automotive, heavy-duty truck, construction, off-road, and rail customers.”
In addition to the manufacturing plant, FUCHS has built a new research and development as well as technical services laboratory and warehouse at the Harvey site. The new laboratory will be used for testing existing products and also developing new products. “This, taken together with our new testing center in Mannheim, headquarters of FUCHS, gives us unparalleled testing facilities in the automotive and industrial sectors,” said Fuchs.
“We work in close contact with our customers,” Brewer said. “We develop custom-made solutions for some of our most diverse applications, and the new laboratory will help us respond to customers’ needs even more quickly.”
The expansion of the Harvey site is part of EUR300 million (USD327.83 million) in investments that FUCHS is making globally between 2016 and 2018 in its manufacturing and research and development facilities. The company also expanded its facilities in Mannheim and Kaiserslautern, Germany, and is opening new plants in Wujiang, China, Australia and Sweden. The Harvey facility is FUCHS’ second grease plant in the United States, with the other located in Kansas City, Mo.