By Katie Rotella

Boiler manufacturer Weil-McLain held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 27 for its new 350,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and training facility in Eden, NC. This plant replaces the company's Benton Harbor, IN, location, which will close this year. The company headquarters will remain in Michigan City, IN.

President Steve Zeller told the large group of invitees that more than 50 locations east of the Mississippi River were researched before deciding on the new location last year. By Feb. 8, 2005, the first boiler was assembled in the Eden plant, and more than 12,000 residential boilers were shipped during the month of August. The company will move its sheet metal fabrication to Eden, and will soon ship commercial boilers as well.

Plant Manager Ed Lodics says the chance to design this new facility allowed them to create sub-assembly lines and a "flexible factory environment that can react quickly to changes in demand and assembly operation."