Safti First recently completed a $6 million dollar expansion in its manufacturing facility in Merced, Calif.
According to the company, the investment came as the result of the rising demand of fire-rated glass and framing systems and to ensure quality and streamline the manufacturing process. The new equipment purchases include:
- Glaston tempering furnace;
- Bystronic Thermo Plastic Spacer (TPS) automated glass line;
- Hegla glass-cutting table;
- Bromer automatic glass-loading table;
- Bromer glass edge sander;
- Costruzioni Mecchaniche Besana glass polisher;
- Quaranta glass washer;
- Fadal C&C mill;
- Amada turret punch press;
- Amada hydraulic press brake;
- Elumatec profile machining center;
- Global Finishing Solutions paint booths; and
- Flow International water-jet.
The new equipment is housed near the existing manufacturing facility in a new 100,000-square-foot plant in Merced, bringing the company’s total manufacturing and research and development space to 300,000 square feet. In addition, Safti First also invested in a new clean room to provide a higher-quality filming operation and improved water-jet cutting for wire and ceramic glass. A turbine energy electrical system also was installed to make the manufacturing facility more energy-efficient.
“All of the investments that we are making take us one step closer to being the first fully vertically integrated fire rated glass and framing manufacturer in the U.S.,” says William O’Keeffe, president and CEO.