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Manufacturer lays groundwork for larger capacity

GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- Peterson Manufacturing has completed another of the major expansions that have marked its 61-year...

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Peterson Manufacturing has completed another of the major expansions that have marked its 61-year history. New production, warehouse and maintenance facilities recently added to Peterson’s 48-acre corporate campus bring the total space under roof to more than 670,000 sq.-ft.

Increasing demand for the company’s safety lighting products, as well as continuing growth in its subsidiary businesses, prompted the latest expansion in several parts of the campus, explained the manufacturer.

Maxi-Seal, maker of custom-designed harness systems for trucks and trailers, is now operating at near full-speed in its new 45,000 sq.-ft. production facility. A recent arrival from its former Texas location, Maxi-Seal has geared up in both equipment and workforce to handle current business and to meet the expected heavy demand for its just-introduced SureLock system, new technology for wiring trailers.

Vector Tool and Engineering, a Peterson division specializing in advanced tooling and mold-building, is now working in a new facility with twice its former space. Mission Plastics North, Peterson’s high-tech plastics division, gained 40,000 sq.-ft. of new warehouse space to house the additional raw material and inventory needs of its business.

The campus expansion also included a new Grounds and Maintenance building, which freed up space in the Vector facility for more production capacity.

Peterson president and CEO Don Armacost, Jr. said careful planning of the new facilities has led to major boosts in operating efficiency.

“Innovation and continuous improvement are a way of life with our corporation,” noted Armacost. “That leads to better ideas like the new SureLock system, a product with so much potential we may be doubling the size of the Maxi-Seal facility very soon.”

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