We begin moving into our 5,000 square foot expansion next week! Below is a shot of the exterior and some images of the space before the equipment is added.
From top to bottom, the expansion project at Sirois Tool progresses. The 5,000 square foot addition had its concrete floor poured on Friday, August 1st.
Once the floor is properly cured, the construction team will apply the same high-quality epoxy coating used in the original shop. After fifteen years of hard use, the original flooring still looks great and promotes the cleanliness and worry-free building maintenance required for a manufacturing environment.
The new epoxy coated floor is part of the same first-rate construction used in all of Sirois Tool’s building expansion. Designed to support all equipment for current as well as future projects, the new epoxy coated floor meets the rigorous standards for manufacturing high-quality, precision tooling and gages.
The masons have been working steady for a few weeks now and plan to finish their work by month end. The steel is scheduled for delivery and placement (by crane) on July 1st.
The scale layout photo (see below) illustrates the equipment for the new EDM department; which will be using 1800 square feet of the addition. This is almost double the space they current have. This will also allow room for adding more EDM/WEDM equipment and enhance the capabilities of the department, as well as, having its own dedicated HVAC system to allow more accurate temperature control for the close tolerance work they do.
Sirois Tool EDM work includes: Chamilles Robofil Wire, Herman-Schmidt indexer/Spinner, Hitachi 355R Wire, Chamilles HD20 & Elenix EDM Hole Drills, Charmilles RoboForm 20, and Mitsubishi EA12V Advanced.
In support of this expansion project, Sirois Tool has been approved for a Small Business Express Program Matching Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).
DECD grants and loans support the growth of small businesses in Connecticut. The financial assistance provides for an increase in skill development and the creation of new jobs. New manufacturing jobs are meant to have a positive impact on Connecticut’s economy.
For Sirois Tool, the growth includes the addition of several manufacturing positions to an already skilled workforce. These positions include skilled machinists and tool makers.
Sirois Tool provides a benefits package that’s second-to-none in their industry. They believe in paying employees top wages and in return have created a high-performance workforce.
Many employees have been with Sirois Tool for over twenty years. The expansion will help grow Connecticut’s manufacturing workforce and improve the precision tooling and gage industry.
On April 25th Sirois Tool broke ground, paving the way for a 5,000 square foot expansion. This substantial addition is an increase to the existing 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Numerous improvements and growth opportunities are planned for the addition. The electrical discharge machining (EDM) and wire EDM departments will see immediate expansion.
An integral part of the expansion includes new improvements to the consolidated assembly, inventory and shipping departments, as well as an enlarged inspection area and additional office space.
Some of the available new space will be allocated for projected growth, both for internal use as well as for future strategic acquisitions. The exciting prospect of future company development is in evidence as the construction project continues.
All construction on the expansion will be done with the same high quality as the current building, using many of the original contractors. Two local Berlin companies are responsible for the ground work: Coastland Enterprises for site work and Nadeau Brothers for foundation work. Plainville’s Aiudi & Sons Concrete are supplying the concrete, and Carl DelCegno of Knaus Builders of New Britain is managing the construction.
As a manufacturer of precision tooling and gage products, Sirois Tool is committed to serving the bearing, medical, aerospace, and firearm industries and OEM manufacturers. The expansion will help provide a higher level of manufacturing performance and service to all customers.
The target date for project completion is set for August. Stay tuned for updates and new photos of the construction as the expansion progresses.