In response to increasing North American sales of its hanger system for suspending mechanical and electrical services, UK-based Gripple Limited has opened its first overseas manufacturing facility in the United States. Since Gripple hangers were launched across the Atlantic five years ago, the company's Chicago-based North American operations has seen staff increase from four to 25 and sales double year-on-year, with further significant growth expected this year.
A purpose-built machine has been transported from Gripple headquarters in Sheffield to service current business and a new 12,000-square-foot facility is to be constructed by summer of next year to satisfy projected demand. When completed, the latest part of the Gripple “empire” will be capable of producing up to 80,000 units a week, with 60 percent destined for electrical installation.
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