Greenheck recently completed its fifth facility in Cleveland County, expanding its manufacturing capacity and bringing in new jobs and investment.
In May of 2019, the company announced the expansion project at the Foothills Commerce Center which was estimated to bring in 403 new jobs and $59 million in capital investment over the next five years.
Last year, Greenheck announced plans to purchase the former Schletter Inc. building at the Foothills Commerce Center as well as build a new facility on campus.
Jackson Smith, Greenheck general manager, said the project was in the conception phase around two years ago and construction on the 120,000-square-foot building began in October 2019.
“This was a brand new manufacturing facility for us,” Smith said.
He said production of some of their most popular products at the new facility started this summer with a total of around 50 new employees planned to be hired by March.
“Over the coming months and years we’ll add more products and start ramping up capacity,” he said. “There is a growing campus for us.”
Greenheck is now up to five facilities between Shelby and Kings Mountain with each serving different business needs but all falling under Greenheck. Smith said each facility is related but operates independently.
“In the next 12 months we’ll continually add more employees and ramp up capacity in that facility,” he said. “From there we’ll keep an eye on business conditions but the intent is to continue to grow.”
Jackson said there were a couple of factors that drove the company’s decision to locate and grow in Cleveland County, including the proximity to customers and the quality team members in North Carolina.
“Despite the economic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are humbled by the continued demand for Greenheck louvers and remain committed to reinvesting in the company now and in the future,” said Dave Kallstrom, Greenheck president of operations.
The Shelby louver plant includes an advanced high-performance paint line along with leading-edge manufacturing technologies optimized for quick and efficient louver production. High volume products are currently being manufactured with additional models and accessories being added in the coming months.
“This expansion positions us to continue leading the industry by delivering on our commitment to high performance, quality products with short lead times and on-time deliveries,” said Smith.
Greenheck is headquartered in Schofield, Wisconsin, and the company’s broad line of ventilation equipment includes fans and ventilators, centrifugal and vane axial units, make-up air units, energy recovery ventilators, kitchen ventilation systems, packaged ventilation systems, indoor air handlers, dampers, louvers, and laboratory exhaust systems.
The company employs more than 3,800 individuals worldwide, and maintains more than 2.9 million square feet of manufacturing, research and office space.