Bonfiglioli USA plans to add dozens of jobs in Northern Kentucky as it adds production lines at its Hebron facility.
The global power transmission and control company will add new lines to build gearboxes for machinery to support the construction, mining, agricultural and forestry industries. The work, starting in the fourth quarter of this year, will be contained within its 83,000-square-foot warehouse at Airpark West 3541 Hargrave Drive.
The Hebron production line will be the first line of manufacturing in the United States for Bonfiglioli. The company said the expansion will boost its annual production capacity of planetary gearboxes by about 24,000 units in the first year to better serve U.S. market demand.
Bonfiglioli expects to add more than 30 new warehouse, operations and assembly positions and 10 to 12 support positions when at full capacity.
Initial production is dedicated to make the 700C series travel drive for compact construction equipment. Additional production lines of wheel drives for construction and agricultural equipment are planned over the next two to five years.
Fort Mitchell-based Paul Hemmer Co. has been contracted to complete a 925-square-foot renovation of the new office and laboratory space. The project includes the installation of a crane and measuring machinery in the lab. The specialized quality control lab will be used to test equipment throughout the assembly process.
The majority of product engineering will remain at the parent company’s headquarters in Forli, Italy, but a close relationship would be maintained with customers and application engineers in Northern Kentucky.
“We will be able to shorten the overall supply chain for our U.S. customers by reducing lead times, improving flexibility and being more responsive to our customer needs and to variations in demand for planetary gearboxes,” said Greg Schulte, president of Bonfiglioli USA.
Clementino Bonfiglioli founded the company in Italy in 1956 to produce gearboxes for agricultural equipment and motorcycles. Bonfiglioli USA was incorporated in Lafayette, Indiana in 1999 and moved to its headquarters to Northern Kentucky in 2007, built by Paul Hemmer.
Bonfiglioli designs, manufactures and distributes a range of gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes for industrial processes, automation, mobile, wind and solar energy applications. It has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, and its operations span 17 countries.