MSB Design to open US engineering facility

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November 23, 2016 – Precision engineering company, MSB Design, is to open a production facility in Savannah, Georgia, USA in order to better serve its local American customer base. The facility will house manufacturing capabilities to produce the company’s range of hi-lo tables, crystal, china and flatware inserts, cabin interior monuments and bespoke items. Veteran MSB employee Stephane Germain, operation director, will oversee the equipment installation, recruitment for and running of the business.

Installation of equipment including two computer numerical controlled (CNC), machines, a full cutting room and a mechanical assembly section will begin in Q1 2017. Once fully operational the team will consist of experienced MSB employees, as well as newly recruited technicians. It is anticipated that the MSB USA facility will mirror operations at the company’s Boucherville headquarters in Canada, but on a slightly smaller scale initially.

The decision to commit to a manufacturing facility follows the opening of MSB’s first international office in Savannah in January this year. “We had such high demand from the US aviation market for MSB’s technical expertise in producing the tailor-made inserts (CCF), the wide range of hi-lo tables, and increasingly customized pieces, that we really needed to be producing items locally,” explained Shannon Gill, business development director. “The process of producing these highly engineered pieces requires close liaison with the client and having a presence in the US supports this. Being on the ground, and close, is a real value-add for both sides of the arrangement.”

When fully operational the two locations will give MSB Design a strong presence in both the north and south of North America. “We selected Savannah as it is close to our office, but more importantly it is close to our key client. It positions us at the heart of this growing aviation community,” added Gill.

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