Baldwin Filters plans expansion

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Baldwin Filters’ manufacturing growth at its Kearney and Gothenburg, Neb., and Yankton, S.D., facilities has led the company to expand its Kearney headquarters.

Baldwin says it will break ground this spring on a new 400,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Kearney, east of its manufacturing facility. Distribution operations in the current 110,000 sq. ft. distribution center, built in 1998, have exceeded capacity, spurring the need for additional space, the company says.

“The primary use of the expansion will be to improve distribution operations, consolidate off-site rental space and reorganize the current facility to improve manufacturing operations,” says Sam Ferrise, president at Baldwin Filters.

“This is a very large undertaking and represents a substantial, $40 million investment for Baldwin Filters. It’s indicative of our continued commitment to the Kearney area, and should have a significant economic impact for some time to come,” says Ferrise. “Baldwin has continued to grow in our domestic and international markets, driving the need for this expansion.”

With the expansion, Baldwin Filters says its corporate headquarters will now encompass nearly one million square feet.

“The City of Kearney, along with Buffalo County, has been very supportive of our plans to expand, and we deeply appreciate their support,” says Dan Schulte, Baldwin’s vice president of operations. “Every effort will be made to minimize disturbance to traffic patterns and access during the construction process.”

The project has received corporate approval from Baldwin Filters’ parent company, CLARCOR, Inc., as well as the approval of CLARCOR’s Board of Directors, the company says.

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