SEPTEMBER 10, 2008
Source: Gary J. Galeziewski
Job Title: CFO
Department: K&M Machine Fabricating, Inc.
Phone: 269.445.2495 ext. 10
CHICAGO-K&M Machine Fabricating, Inc. of Cassopolis, MI announced the purchase of three new state-of-the-art milling machines on display at the 2008 International Machine Tool Show (IMTS) in Chicago, IL. K&M has been a consistent player in the wind power industry, serving OEMs for over a decade. Explosive growth in this sector gave K&M the confidence for its latest round of production investments to further enhance its leadership position. These acquisitions also augment K&M’s capacity in their traditional industrial sectors; mining, off-road construction, and power generation equipment.
The SNK HF-7M high speed bridge milling machine is the largest machine of its kind at the IMTS and features 11 meters of x-travel and 4.7 meters of y-travel. The Mitsubishi MVR35 5-face vertical bridge mill offers 6.2 meters of x-travel and 3.5 meters of y-travel. Rounding out the lineup is another Mitsubishi, the M-HT 13/1618 horizontal boring mill with 3 meters of x-travel and 2.5 meters of y-travel. These are just part of a $20 million expansion project underway at K&M featuring a 52,000 sq. ft. machine shop addition.
Joining these machines in early 2009 will be two machines ordered more than a year ago. The PAMA Speedram 2000/3 horizontal boring mill offers 20 meters of x-travel and 5 meters of y-travel and the PAMA Speedmat 3/TR16 two-pallet horizontal boring mill provides 3 meters of x-travel and 2.5 meters of y-travel. All of these new acquisitions will be complemented by a Delta Slant Classic Gantry CMM with 3 meters of x-travel, 6.3 meters of y-travel, and 2.5 meters of z-travel. These large machines will give K&M the capability to machine virtually any size hub, bedplate, or gearbox in the wind industry.
The IMTS is the premier manufacturing technology show in the Americas with over 1,500 exhibitors from all over the world. The last IMTS brought together more than 91,000 visitors from over 119 nations. This year’s show runs from September 8th through the 13th at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
K&M Machine Fabricating, Inc. is a full-service production company offering quality integrated services and precision manufacturing capabilities since 1951. Located in Southwestern Michigan, K&Mâ€™s manufacturing areas include a 234,000 square-foot machine building with nearly 40 state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, a fabrication shop, a 67,000 square foot fabrication shop, and a 35,000 square foot burn facility.