This will add more presses and tools to increase capacity and shorten lead times. Coupled with its favorable geographic location for freight optimization, the Urbana plant expansion will help Orbis better serve its customers.
“This is a very exciting expansion for Orbis as it will not only provide more manufacturing flexibility to improve throughput and reduce lead times for our customers, but it will also bring new learning opportunities and technology to our current and future Urbana plant associates,” said Bill Ash, president at Orbis Corp. “For decades, we have been part of the Urbana business community and we look forward to this new chapter, with enhanced capabilities and state-of the-art equipment.”
“This expansion would not be possible without the support of our employees, the Teamsters union, and the Urbana community,” said Todd Mathes, EVP of manufacturing at Orbis. “We look forward to enhancing our Urbana operations, including building upgrades and training programs for our employees as well as new and expanding technologies for the Orbis business.”
“The city of Urbana and the Champaign Economic Partnership welcome this expansion by Orbis Corporation and its commitment to bringing more jobs to our community,” said Rich Ebert, director of the Champaign Economic Partnership. “This expansion project by Orbis Corp. coincides with many years of persistence by the city of Urbana; the Champaign Economic Partnership; and numerous local, regional, and state partners to redevelop the former Q3 JMC Inc. site. These redevelopment efforts have been underway since 2010 and concluded earlier this summer with the remaining parcels from that site being sold by the city to Orbis Corp. in support of this planned expansion.”