Blackmer starts construction on new facility
By Keefe Borden18 November 2021
Blackmer started construction on an ambitious renovation project at its headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan that will boost its manufacturing footprint and production capabilities.
The project will convert Blackmer’s 48000 square foot foundry that was previously decommissioned in March 2020. When complete in June 2023, the project will include 56000 square feet of new manufacturing, office, research and training space.
The company will not move its compressor manufacturing line to the new building, but will use part of the new space for a hands on compressor training program with its distributors and partners.
“The Blackmer and PSG management teams have been considering new uses for our foundry since it was decommissioned in 2020, and we are excited to unveil our plans to repurpose the space into expanded capabilities,” said Blackmer General Manager Bob Lauson.
“The new 56,000 square foot structure will deliver many benefits for Blackmer, our customers, and the community. As a result, we will even better positioned to continue providing innovative, high-quality pump products with unparalleled product performance to our customers.”
The project officially started in March 2021 with a pre-construction and preparation phase. The plant expansion phase of the project starts in January once the demolition of the foundry is complete. The anticipated completion date for the facility expansion is December 2022. Once new construction has concluded, Blackmer plans to renovate the existing building and and to be complete by June 2023.
“As we implement this project, we have been working with our construction partners to minimize any potential disruptions of our internal operations, ensuring that Blackmer can continue to meet the needs of customers while construction is ongoing,” Lauson said.
The new building and renovated facility will feature several environmental benefits that will help Blackmer reduce its carbon footprint. Among the changes will be up-to-date and energy-efficient lighting, heating, air-conditioning and manufacturing systems. Additionally, the project will allow Blackmer to maintain the appropriate amount of green space within the facility property.
Blackmer makes centrifugal pumps and reciprocating compressors. Blackmer is part of PSG, a Dover company.