This will be Unison Ltd’s second manufacturing facility, firmly establishing Unison’s committed production capabilities in the USA.
The new factory in Danville, Virginia, is intended to support the activities of the plant in North Yorkshire, which has witnessed a considerable manufacturing growth that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Unison Ltd will invest $5.2 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in the Cane Creek Centre Industrial Park, jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County.
Julian Kidger, Joint Managing Director, commented “We are incredibly excited about the benefits this facility will give our existing and future customers. Our plan includes the creation of 35 new jobs in the next 3 years. It will be fantastic to genuinely be able to label our machines as “Made in America.” Supporting our customers’ needs is hugely important to us. Many of our initial hires for the US will be dedicated to service and support ensuring a rapid and professional response for all customers. Unison invented the “all electric tube bending machine” and then enhanced that technology with unique complimentary products and after-market services. With this US venture, we intend to lead tube bending solutions’ innovation. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic support from the state of Virginia, the City of Danville, and Pittsylvania County. The Governor and his team have been instrumental in what is a major step forward for Unison and we are thrilled to be working with them. We can’t say thank you enough to all the Virginians who have helped bring us to this day.”
Alan Pickering Joint Managing Director commented “We are thrilled to be announcing this expansion with a community that understands our vision of Education and Industry working in Partnership. A huge part of our decision was where are we going to recruit the highly technical people we need for our current automation requirements, prepare for Industry 4.0 as well as have a clear succession plan for the business. We were blown away by the vision of individuals, the wider community and the fact it wasn’t just talk, the investment in the Danville Technical Education community is a true inspiration and will pay huge dividends to the community in the years to come. With such solid foundations, we feel secure in our own future and look forward to the next phase of our evolution.”
Over the last 3 years Unison Ltd have been investing heavily in Research & Development in Robotics, Lasers and Software and during 2018 we will be bringing several New products to the US market which we believe will add tremendous value to our customer base.
Combining Unison’s new strategic location within easy reach of our current customers, our increased focus on Service and Support and our UK technical centre expertise creates the perfect moment to introduce our high-tech solutions to the US market. Add to that Unison Ltd’s new US based Tube Bending Training School, and the sky is the limit for our customers to advance their capabilities.
For over 40 years Unison has been providing tube bending solutions working closely with our customers to design and build some of the most pioneering tube bending technology available in the global marketplace today.
Unison were the first to design and manufacture all-electric tube bending machinery back in 1994. Since then we have continued to lead the market through product enhancements and by providing innovative solutions to challenging production problems.