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6/30/2011 8:18:00 AM
Conforce taking first U.S. order for new Peru plant

Jonathan Kleyer, Peru Tribune

Conforce International has received its first manufacturing orders in its new Peru facility.

Conforce is a Canada-based manufacturing company that recently made its first expansion into the United States by moving into the former Trelleborg factory, 2935 W. 100 North. Last month, one production line was ready to go and workers were testing the custom equipment used to manufacture the company’s new EKO-FLOR brand.

EKO-FLOR is a composite flooring system meant to replace hardwood floors in shipping containers, trademarked by Conforce.

The facility is now ramping up into production with more than $450,000 in initial orders from CIMC Vanguard National Trailer Corp.

The Peru facility is still ramping up to its full potential, Kulas said.

“We are getting more equipment populating the facility. We’re certainly hiring more staff next week, adding to our existing core personnel,” Kulas said. “We’ll have about 15 people next week, and expect to be closer to 40 by October. We’ll be ramping up from there.”

Conforce expects the Peru facility to be able to begin production 24-hours per day, five days per week in mid-July, moving up to production all hours of the day, every day of the week in October.

The facility should be at 20 percent of its manufacturing capacity by October. Only when the facility reaches full production will it be capable of bringing in about $12 million monthly.

Conforce invested more than $13.8 million to purchase and equip the 155,000 square-foot facility. In keeping with the terms of two tax abatements granted by the Peru Common Council last fall, the company will employ 175 to 200 employees by its third year in the area.

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