SJE breaks ground on new manufacturing facility in Ashland, Ohio
Larger building will better accommodate manufacturing process
SJE broke ground last Tuesday on a new 51,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Ashland, Ohio. The ceremony went on despite rain, mud, and winds that blew their tent across a field shortly before it began.
“I like to think that anyone can do a groundbreaking on a sunny day, but our day shows our resilience and determination to not let anything stop us from kicking off such a major event for our company,” Chief Financial Officer Taunia Suckert said.
One major motivating factor behind the new facility is to add room for growth. SJE has been leasing a space for their manufacturing in Ashland since acquiring CSI Controls in 2008. However, the current space has become insufficient, with manufacturing production areas spread over 4 separate floors in one building. The new space will increase efficiency by having all areas on one level.
“It will enable us to be more efficient in our processes than our currently facility, provides an opportunity for expansion, and gives our employee owners a great place to work,” Suckert said.
On March 23rd they purchased about 8 acres of land in the Ashland Business Park, where the new facility will be built. Yet this is the culmination of several years of planning. During the ceremony, CEO Dave Thomas spoke about the work leading up to this point.
“These types of things mark what looks like the beginning of a project, but the reality is, there's been an unbelievable amount of work that has gone into getting us to this point, not only by folks internally, but…dozens of people in the community of Ashland,” Thomas said.
Construction will begin as soon as weather permits, as SJE hopes to have the new facility ready by December. Though the spring weather was uncooperative during the groundbreaking, some current and former local officials still made their way there, as well as local media.
“We were very pleased with the number of folks that did brave the elements to celebrate with us, including 2 past mayors, a city councilman, a county commissioner, leaders from several of the agencies we have worked with, and many of our staff,” Suckert said.
Ashland provides many benefits, including a central US location and a strong pump industry, but ultimately the 67 employees working in the branch were the driving reason for the move.
"They're the reason why we have chosen to make this investment in the Ashland community and in our Ashland team," Thomas said. "Their drive, their dedication, and just their embodiment of the vision and values that we have at this company are without question an inspiration for me and an inspiration for our leadership team every time we visit Ashland, Ohio."
March 29, 2018 CSI Controls adds Watermark Engineered Product Sales as Newest Manufacturers’ Representative New partnership expands coverage
Effective immediately, Watermark Engineered Product Sales is CSI Control’s new manufacturers’ representative for Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. The addition of Watermark increases CSI Controls’ growing distribution network into areas previously unrepresented and will provide a higher level of service to customers in that region.
“They’re going to be in multiple states representing CSI,” regional sales manager Vince Hannesson said. “We’ve never had any coverage in those states, so customers will experience a higher level of service which is our goal.”
Watermark Engineered Product Sales is a manufacturers’ representative based in Noblesville, Indiana, with decades of experience in the wastewater industry. Their premier product offering and hands-on approach have made them the leading wastewater solutions provider in the Midwest. They specialize in lift station and storm water management, municipal infrastructure, and onsite septic systems. Watermark’s highly knowledgeable team provides exceptional service in a professional manner.
In addition to CSI Controls’ complete line of pump control products, Watermark’s line card includes: Boshart Industries, Bio-Microbics, FPS, CentriPipe, AP/M, ConShield/Crystal X, Pioneer Pump, Crane Pumps, PowerSewer, Flomatic Valves, Topp Industries, Geoflow, Polylok, and more.
SJE is a leading water/wastewater controls solutions provider and systems integrator with over 40 years of expertise. SJE markets three brands—SJE Rhombus, CSI Controls, and Primex—that deliver industry-leading pump controls for a wide range of residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial applications. With corporate headquarters located in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, SJE does business globally from eight locations across the United States and Asia. SJE is a 100% employee-owned, privately held company and was named the 2017 Employee Owned Company of the Year. To learn more, visit www.sjeinc.com.
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