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16 May, 2019 - 10:21 By Kate Sweeney

Essex business invests $8m in Kentucky facility

Halton, which has sales offices in Witham, Essex, has opened a new US production unit of about 40,000 sq ft close to its existing plant in Kentucky. It will focus on the manufacture of air handling units, make-up air units and exhaust air pollution control systems for the needs of commercial kitchens. 

The move allows the current plant, with a floor area of almost 86,000 sq ft, to focus on commercial kitchens’ hood and air distribution solutions. 

Expanding production to include air handling units is part of Halton’s new growth strategy, aiming at increased sales of the company’s customer-oriented total solutions and at doubling market in North and South America. The investment is worth around $8 million, of which the plant’s machinery accounts for about $4m.

Halton has been expanding its operations in North America steadily since 1997, when it opened the current plant is Scottsville. In 2018, Halton acquired LCSystems which brought along new air handling unit knowhow and technology that will also be manufactured in the new production unit. 
In future, the products and solutions manufactured in Halton’s Scottsville plants will complement each other.

Phil Meredith, director of Halton Foodservice for the Americas region, said: ”Cutting-edge technology and the ability to provide our customers and users with the best value in the market, even in the most demanding indoor environments, is at the heart of Halton’s business mission. 

“Our customers are also increasingly interested in buying high-quality total solutions and we want to offer them the Halton quality all the way.” 

A new Halton Innovation Hub is being planned for the new plant within the next couple of years.

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