IRVINE, Calif. – Georg Fischer LLC, Irvine, CA, and GF Machining Solutions LLC, Lincolnshire, IL, both part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd., welcomed more than 150 guests including many city and state officials, at the Grand Opening of their new Irvine facilities on Oct. 9. The event featured a formal ribbon cutting ceremony followed by refreshments and guided tours, product tradeshow displays, machine demonstrations, keynote speakers and raffle.
The 105,000 square-foot Irvine campus includes 23,000 square feet of office, engineering, technical support and training space; 82,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space; and more than 100 employees. The manufacturing/fabrication area is capable of producing 3,000 different kinds of valves assembled to specific customer requirements and can cut large pipe diameters up to 42" in size.
Hosting the official ceremonies were James Jackson, Head of Business Unit Americas for GF Piping Systems; Glynn Fletcher, President GF Machining Solutions Americas; and Pietro Lori, President of GF Piping Systems Member of the Executive Committee of Georg Fischer in Switzerland. Local and state dignitaries offering opening remarks included State Assembly Republican Member Donald P. Wagner (68th Assembly District); Cody Eckert, representative from State Republican Senator Mimi Walters' office (37th District); Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.; and from the Chamber of Commerce, Gladys Rojas, Membership Services and Danni Remington, Vice Chair of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Included in the new GF Piping Systems' facility is a product demonstration room with life-like settings that simulate how the company's piping systems are used for water, chemical, and refrigeration distribution applications. Among the life-like settings is a 1,100 gallon saltwater aquarium, custom designed specifically to show how the company's piping, valves instruments are used to monitor water clarity, water level, and water turbidity primarily for industrial water treatment applications, with the fish tank being used as a representative example. Other life-like settings include a grocery store refrigerator case used in the food industry, a high-purity water system for the microelectronics industry, a cruise ship lavatory compartment for the marine industry, and a chemical plant tank for the chemical processing industry.
GF Machining Solutions showcased the newest technology in 3 and 5 Axis High speed and high performance machining centers, the latest EDM and System 3R tooling, and Automation Technology.
According to James Jackson, Head of Business Unit Americas, "GF already has a significant U.S. footprint with many locations across the country. Our new larger facilities will allow us to increase our presence on the west coast by providing additional custom manufacturing and training capabilities."
President GF Machining Solutions Americas, Glynn Fletcher, said, "the new Irvine location will further strengthen customer service. We want to provide extraordinary service and support for our Western Region customers. We are investing in the resources to ensure that this is the case. The opening of this superb facility reinforces that commitment."
About the GF Companies
Georg Fischer LLC, Irvine, CA
In the manufacturing/OEM community, Georg Fischer LLC (formerly located in Tustin) supplies a full range of plastic pipe, fittings, valves, actuators, rotameters, fusion machines, secondary containment, heat exchangers, custom products, and sensors and instrumentation for industrial applications. The company is part of GF Piping Systems, a global leading supplier to water treatment, water transport and water distribution, building services, plumbing and heating technology, gas supply, chemical process industry, microelectronics, food & beverage, energy, marine and life science industries. The division generated annual sales in excess of $ 1.4 bn in 2013. For further information, please contact GF Piping Systems, 9271 Jeronimo, Irvine, CA 92618-1904; Toll Free (800) 854-4090, Fax (714) 731-6923; e-mail: email@example.com; or visit www.gfps.com
GF Machining Solutions LLC, Lincolnshire, IL
The company is a subsidiary of GF Machining Solutions division, the world's leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry and manufacturers of precision components. The company's portfolio includes EDM machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, clamping and palletization systems, 3D laser texturing machines, automation solutions, spare and consumable parts and other customer services. A division of Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), GF Machining Solutions maintains a presence of 50 sites around the world, employs 2,873 team members and generates annual sales in excess of $985 million. For more information, contact Gisbert Ledvon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gfms.com/us.
Georg Fischer Ltd.
GF comprises three divisions, GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive, and GF Machining Solutions. Founded in 1802, the Corporation is headquartered in Switzerland and is present in 32 countries, with 124 companies, 48 of them production facilities. Its approximately 14,000 employees generated sales of CHF 3.77 billion in 2013. GF is the preferred partner of its customers for the safe transport of liquids and gases, lightweight casting components in vehicles, and high-precision manufacturing technologies.
Georg Fischer Ltd,
Tel +41 52 631 11 11, Fax +41 52 631 28 53 or visit www.georgfischer.com