Expansion Teams

Regal, JCI demonstrate two kinds of growth

The Regal Corporation is expanding its presence in Australia. The electric motor, motion control, power generation, and power transmission product manufacturer, headquartered in Beloit, Wis., isn’t going unnoticed in the Aussie headlines.

CCN (Climate Control News), the independent Australian publication “servicing the climate control industry and covering all the issues affecting the HVAC&R sector” recently delved into the company’s influence in the country.

The company’s Australian division (Regal Australia) is headquartered in Rowville, Victoria accompanying offices and five modification centers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Beginning in 2010, Regal Australia has acquired a number of complementary local businesses that provide an increased product offering to the Asia Pacific region: Fasco Australia, CMG Engineering Group, and Regal Cairns (formerly Marlin Coast Motor Rewinds) among them.

Fasco designs and manufactures a range of fractional horsepower and electric motors and includes Torin Industries and the Australian Fan & Motor Company. At a Rowville facility, direct drive fans, belt drive fans, and more are supplied to OEMs.

According to CCN, Malcolm Henri, the region’s sales and marketing director, stresses the importance of research and development and international markets engineering in order for the company to provide everything from one source. Henri says the company is aiming for a broad product offering which is applicable to multiple processes and has a broad range of application. Brands offered including Marathon motors, generators, drives and power systems together with Fasco motors, capacitors, fans and blowers, Genteq capacitors, variable speed drives, Durst drives and gearboxes, help strengthen these efforts.

The CMG Engineering Group acquisition brought in a heightened specialization in electric motors, geared motors and AC drives. The group has a Transmission Australia unit and the OBA division (formerly known as O’Brien AIM), a major supplier of electrical and thermal insulation products. Regal Cairns provides around the clock workshop repair and service facilities for all popular brands of electric motors, alternators and submersible pumps, to round out the maintenance sector.

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Another way of expanding is to build on what you already have. JCI Industries, Inc. has recently more than doubled its previous shop size. The company specializes in providing industrial and municipal pumps, fluid-handling equipment, motors, drives and controls to its respective markets since 1975. They have enjoyed primary success by servicing the Midwest region from a now 82,000 square-foot complex at their headquarters in Lee’s Summit, Mo., outside Kansas City. Now they have expanded that original facility that will enable increased volume and production. The company has added a 45,000 square-foot shop and 18,000 square-foot distribution facility, as well as additional office and conference space, ushering in new equipment such as upgraded forklifts and jib and overhead cranes with increased lifting capability.

JCI has also increased machining capabilities with the addition of multiple lathes, a large horizontal boring mill, ID and OD grinders and an in-house blasting booth.

“JCI is committed to being a top provider of quality equipment packaging, fabrication and machine shop services and rotating and electrical equipment service and repair,” said Chip Toth, president of JCI. “The shop expansion supports timely responsiveness and turn-around time on our work. It also supports the ongoing growth efforts of our regional business and commitment to Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City area community.” JCI is as an active supporter of the community and works with the Lee’s Summit School District, Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Central Missouri on educational programs, training, internships and mentoring opportunities.

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