TRUMPF Inc. has begun work on expanding its local manufacture and sheet metal assembly of fabricating machine tools in Farmington, Connecticut. The North American subsidiary of the high-tech TRUMPF Group will add 55,800 square feet to its production building for the manufacture of laser cutting, bending and welding machinery. The project is part of ongoing recovery efforts related to damage sustained after a plane crashed into the production building in September of 2021. TRUMPF will invest an estimated $40 million into the project which will include a smart factory that demonstrates advanced automated and connected precision sheet metal production.
“North America remains the most important business market for us outside of our domestic market in Germany. We are pleased to emphasize this importance with today’s investment,” said Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, CEO of the TRUMPF Group.
“This project is an important step toward the next generation of manufacturing for TRUMPF and also for our customers across the United States,” said TRUMPF Inc. President and CEO Lutz Labisch. “Smart factories and automated, connected manufacturing are an important part of keeping American manufacturing companies strong and competitive into the future.”
Construction on the project has begun and is expected to be completed by May of 2024. The building was designed by renowned architectural firms Barkow Leibinger and Tecton Architects. More than 620 of TRUMPF’s approximately 1,500 North American employees work in Connecticut.
“Companies like TRUMPF are essential to the future of manufacturing,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “This addition, and the state-of-art smart factory it will house in Farmington, is an excellent example of how TRUMPF and manufacturers across the United States are working to improve the next generation of production technology to stay competitive in a global market.”
The Connecticut Smart Factory project will become TRUMPF’s fourth smart factory worldwide and second in the United States.