Springfield, OH – The McGregor Metalworking Companies are building on their already expansive welding capability with the purchase of 2 new robotic weld cells. This capital investment of more than $325,000 is a direct result of expanding opportunities to supply Honda of America with additional welded components.
“The award of 5 new, high volume production assemblies from Honda necessitated we invest in added weld capacity,” commented Jeff Hill, Corporate Weld Engineer at The McGregor Metalworking Companies. “What’s more is these state of the art weld cells will boost our throughput by more than 50% compared to the existing equipment in our arsenal,” he continued.
Originally, McGregor intended to procure 1 piece of equipment, but expanded the investment to 2 after Honda awarded a sixth part to the company. The first welder was delivered this week and the second one comes in November. In total, these welders will produce nearly 2 million pieces annually for Honda. “Honda has shown significant trust in McGregor Metalworking by awarding us this new business and it has been our pleasure to partner with them on the project,” said Jim Baldwin, Vice President of Sales for McGregor. “It is not unrealistic to think we could be adding at least 2 additional welders like these within the next 12 months,” he added.
All of this comes on the heels of McGregor’s selection as a 2015 recipient of Honda’s “Challenging Spirit Award” which is given “to suppliers in recognition of support and performance exceeding expectations, usually in response to a unique or extraordinary situation.” Last October, working 7 days a week for a period of more than 60 days the McGregor team produced components for Honda avoiding a costly assembly line stoppage after another supplier encountered difficulty. Since then, the relationship between the 2 companies has flourished and the Honda segment of McGregor’s business has more than doubled.