Before the integration, the St. Louis facility solely manufactured Lewis pumps and valves. The strategic decision was made to relocate the manufacturing of Delta Industrial valves to help accelerate the growth of both brands, increase production and streamline processes to ensure all valves are manufactured to the highest of standards.
Managing Director of the St. Louis facility, Grant Ramsden, said that integrating two large brands and multiple product lines was no easy task.
During the transition we built up a back log of orders which we had to address. Our team worked tirelessly to overcome these challenges, and we are now pleased to announce that we have cleared the backlog and have stringent processes in place to ensure we continue to deliver to our customers around the world on time, without sacrificing on quality, he said.
In order to do so, Weir optimised the supply chain to deliver what customers want, when they want it.
We did this by increasing shifts to three per day and hired more staff to ensure we could create our products in a timely manner. In addition, we addressed supplier constraints, expanded our manufacturing space by 5,000 square feet, and increased our warehouse space by 15,000 square feet, said Mr Ramsden.
Along with expanding manufacturing operations, Weir Minerals added a team of 24 valve specialists around the globe.
Our team is made up of valve experts who are strategically located nearby customers sites. The team is deeply embedded in our customers operations to better understand their challenges and help them meet their objectives, says John Abbott, Global Product Manager for Valves. From the St. Louis facility, we now have the ability to utilise customer insights to further develop materials technology and expand the product line.