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Motion Control Vendor Lenze Expands in U.S.

A 100,000 sq. ft. Mechanical Product Assembly & Logistics Center will bring up to 40 skilled jobs to the area.

Lenze Americas (, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, is expanding its North American presence by opening a new 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Glendale Heights, Ill. (suburban Chicago). The Mechanical Product Assembly & Logistics Center will support the Lenze electro-mechanical product manufacturing operations, and bring up to 40 skilled jobs to the area.

The facility, expected to open in early 2012, is an addition to the company’s facilities in Uxbridge, Mass. and will more than double its electro-mechanical manufacturing capacity. A state-of-the-art $1.2 million automated paint assembly line, powered by Lenze motors and gearboxes, is planned to reduce painting time and expedite shipment of assembled products.

“Rapid growth in the electro-mechanical business has boosted demand for Lenze products,” says Gene Wood, Lenze director of operations. “The new facility will allow us to provide more flexible service and reduced costs for delivery of electro-mechanical products.”
All aspects of manufacturing operations for Lenze gearboxes, motors, and geared motors will relocate to Chicago. The company’s complete line includes ultra-efficient inverters, sophisticated servo automation systems, and robustly engineered gear motors and mechanical components, said Wood.  
Hiring is underway for projected employment opportunities. Wood said skilled and experienced professionals will be needed in the areas of production, assembly, machining, painting, warehouse/logistics, repair technicians, quality/safety, engineering, purchasing, and office/clerks. Descriptions of available positions can be found on
Lenze Americas is the U.S. subsidiary of Lenze SE, with headquarters in Hamelin, Germany.

Renee Robbins Bassett,, is Managing Editor of Automation World.

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