ABC US Trufast Pioneer groundbreaking

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. (ABC US) has just broken ground on what will soon be a 64,000-square-foot packaging facility in Pioneer. Pictured at the site late last month are Dave Marshall, left, ABC US packaging engineer, and Rich Hazelton, right, ABC US packaging manager.

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. (ABC US) has just broken ground on what will soon be a 64,000-square-foot packaging facility in Pioneer. The project began on May 10 with site preparations and is expected to wrap up by Dec. 31, 2021.

The new Pioneer facility will house all ABC US fastener packaging operations, said Allyn Luce, ABC US vice president of manufacturing. He said the company will move all raw and finished materials associated with packaging requirements, as well as all automated, semi-automated and manual packing operations, to Pioneer from the Bryan facility, which is located at 2105 County Road 12.C, at the intersection of U.S. 6.

“The new Pioneer packaging facility will have office space for current office and administrative staff, as well as space for additional employees. In total, 60 associates will relocate to Pioneer. The facility will also allow for additional investment in employee growth, with 30 new positions planned between Bryan and Pioneer operations,” Luce said in a prepared statement.

The Pioneer facility will allow for continued investment in machine capital to meet expected growth. The company has already ordered two new automated packaging machines to arrive once the building is completed. This space will allow for further automation including fully integrated robotic material handling and packaging.

“In addition to the opportunities the Pioneer facility provides, these changes open up space at the Bryan facility for additional fastener manufacturing equipment and a newly built training center for not only operator-specific training, but also overall workforce development education,” said Luce.

“This project is a huge boost for Pioneer and for the county’s overall growth,” said Megan Hausch, executive director of the Williams County Economic Development Corporation.

ABC US is part of the Altenloh, Brinck & Co. Group headquartered in Ennepetal, Germany. ABC US is headquartered in a 200,000-square-foot complex in Bryan consisting of engineering, manufacturing, administration and central warehousing.

ABC US manufactures and distributes engineered fasteners under the Spax brand name for the construction market, the Trufast brand for the commercial roofing industry and the Trufast Walls brand for exterior building envelopes and facades.

Nichole Bowman, ABC US workforce development manager, said the company plans on putting in a training center with the Pioneer facility that can be used by new employees to learn the ropes and current employees to up their knowledge.

Trufast President Jason Beals said they will be using existing space for new equipment and training, as well as a new building. This will be used for office space as Bowman said they are growing so fast they need to start putting in temporary office space.

With all this added space and new equipment for more work, they will be expanding their workforce, as well. Bowman said they hope to create 100 new jobs in 2021.

Williams County Commissioners have contributed to the expansion, approving a waiver to designate $100,000 granted from the Ohio Department Service Agency’s Office of Community Development (OCD), to the county’s Revolving Loan Fund as matching funds for an expansion project by Reifel for Trufast.

The county was required to seek waiver approval from the Ohio Department Service Agency’s Office of Community Development for the $100,000, for water and sewer improvements for the project.

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