Stanley Black & Decker is planning to open a massive manufacturing plant in the US.
The company, which claims to be the world’s largest tools and storage company, is increasingly integrating robotics and 3D printing into its manufacturing processes.
Stanley Black & Decker currently uses Ready Robotics’ TaskMate, which is a ready-made automation system for hire.
It has also been experimenting with using generative design software from Autocad, called Netfabb, to develop new 3D manufacturing processes.
Stanley Black & Decker has signed a lease on a nearly 300,000 square foot facility in Mission, Texas that will make DeWalt power tool products.
The facility will eventually support approximately 450 new jobs in the region and is expected to begin operations in early 2018.
Jeff Ansell, president of Stanley Black & Decker’s global tools and storage business, says: “The opening of our third manufacturing facility in Texas augments our strategy of making where we sell, reinforcing our long-standing commitment to making in America and making in Texas.
“We have continuously manufactured in the US since 1843, and we are the first tool company to proudly bring manufacturing back to the USA in recent times.
“We continue to strengthen and expand our US-based manufacturing capabilities and we believe that this newest expansion in Texas will enable further acceleration of our Made in the USA with global materials portfolio.”
City of Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas says: “The Mission Economic Development Corporation team has been working with Stanley Black & Decker for the past several months and we are excited to see their hard work has paid off.
“It’s a great day for Mission and a great day for the Rio Grande Valley when a company of this caliber decides to invest in our region.
“These are exactly the type of jobs that we want to attract to our city, and this investment shows that Mission is an attractive location for major employers to locate and grow.”
Stanley Black & Decker operates approximately 30 manufacturing facilities in the United States, which produce a broad range of products under major brands such as Stanley, Proto, Lista, Vidmar, Craftsman and DeWalt.
Over the past three years, the company says it has added 40 per cent more manufacturing employees in the US, and added manufacturing capacity in North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland and more.