In November 2014, Bosch Rexroth celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Fountain Inn, SC hydraulics production facility. After undergoing an expansion in 2013, the location is home to the company’s largest hydraulics manufacturing facility in the Americas.
Opened in 1989, the facility was originally made up of a single 250,000 sq. ft. building and specialized in manufacturing hydraulic pumps.
Now, the Fountain Inn facility is more than double its original size in order to better serve its customers in the region and beyond. Rexroth last year converted an existing industrial warehouse into a state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly facility, bringing the whole campus to a total of 510,000 sq. ft. The plant occupies more than 100 acres of land and employs more than 700 associates.
The expansion was done as part of Bosch Rexroth’s ongoing “local for local” strategy. Rexroth believes in focusing on localized business growth opportunities like Fountain Inn so it can more directly foster relationships with local and regional customers and supply fast domestic shipping to customers.
The expanded Fountain Inn space enabled Bosch Rexroth to similarly broaden the site’s capabilities. With the expanded campus, the company not only manufactures but also assembles its industry-leading hydraulic pumps and motors, and large hydraulic vane motors - used in mobile and industrial hydraulic systems. Specifically, the Fountain Inn campus has full-scale production and assembly capabilities for the following Rexroth products:
- A22VG, A24VG Axial Piston Variable Double Pump
- A10VO/31, A10VO/52 Variable Displacement Pumps
- A4VG/32, A10VG Variable Pumps
- Rineer High Torque Vane Motors
Over the past 25 years the company has added product engineering and research and development resources, as well as a hands-on apprentice shop for the company’s trainees. It also supports the mobile aftermarket, offering remanufacturing, spare parts and repairs.
“Bosch Rexroth has always emphasized quality, domestically manufactured products and customer satisfaction,” says Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager at Bosch Rexroth. “Our Fountain Inn plant has exemplified these priorities for the past 25 years. We’re pleased that our facility also provides value-added services including R&D, training and faster delivery.”
The additional resources at Fountain Inn have grown Rexroth’s shipping capabilities in North America. The Drive & Control Company has enhanced its GoTo Focused Delivery Program, expanding its capacity to quickly deliver high-demand products like the A10VO hydraulic pump to customers in the region.