AMI Attachments opens manufacturing facility expansion

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Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, tours the new AMI Attachments facility with Bernie Howorth, vice president of sales and marketing and President Steve Frey.

AMI Attachments has officially opened the new wing of its manufacturing facility in Hawkesville, Ontario.

The expansion adds 4,200 square metres to the company’s factory and headquarters, bringing the facility’s footprint to more than 9,300 square metres. 

On October 3, AMI Attachments held an open house to celebrate the opening of its new space.

Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, was also on hand to congratulate AMI Attachments on its achievement.

“Businesses that grow are never by chance, but as the result of taking risks, putting in non-stop effort and moving forward,” Albrecht said.

AMI was established in 2001 with two employees and about 1,400 square metres of space, in Floradale Ontario.

The company moved to Hawkesville in 2015 and its workforce has grown to about 150 employees.

“It’s exciting to see the growth we have had over the last four years, since we had the original open house here,” said Steve Frey founder and president of AMI Attachments. “I’m very excited for the next couple of years and to get the addition in full production.”

The new expansion will afford AMI Attachments more capabilities alongside more capacity. With higher ceilings, the factory will be able to house bigger cranes to lift bigger attachments. As well, the company plans to add a second robotic welding cell to increase output.

“This allows us to become more efficient in our production, and it will allow us to create a bit more of a flow with the extra space we have,” Frey said.

AMI Attachments now manufactures more than 100 heavy equipment attachments. The expansion also includes a heavy weld area that will allow AMI to manufacture heavy mining attachments for its mining division.

“That will be a focus of ours in the next couple of years and really just provide our customers with a better lead time on our standard products,” Frey said.