Automation company Festo expands

Automation company Festo announced a major expansion to its Mason, Ohio facility Wednesday.

Factory and process automation solutions provider Festo US announced plans Monday to invest some $90 million to expand its regional service and manufacturing center in Mason—a Cincinnati suburb and industrial hub—by 350,000 square feet, tripling the capacity of production, logistics, and industrial training solutions at the facility.

“Strong market growth in the U.S. and other North American countries requires us to expand our capacity in logistics and production to ensure product and service excellence for our customers,” Festo’s Global Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics Oliver Ring said in a company press release.

Construction slated to be completed in two phases through 2024, and the company said it plans to hire 350 new workers at the site over the next half decade.

“Digitization trends around Industry 4.0 (IIoT) are driving fast-paced changes in the automation industry,” the president and chief executive officer of Festo US, Rich Huss, said in a statement. “To keep up with and meet our customers’ high expectations, this investment will allow us to increase local production and strengthen our regional supply chain long term.”

Festo, a maker of pneumatic and electromechanical automation systems, opened the plant in Mason in 2015.

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