Fives Opens New Technology Center in the U.S.

The Hagerstown facility will be the second of its kind for Fives’ Grinding | Ultra Precision teams after the company’s original demo and research center for grinding applications opened its doors in 2013 at the Fives Landis Ltd. manufacturing plant near Manchester, UK.

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Fives Landis Corp., a manufacturer of precision grinding solutions and grinding accessories, opened its new Technology Center in North America, located at its Hagerstown, Maryland, headquarters near Washington D.C. At 6,000 square feet, the new R&D and demo facility will feature grinding systems from the company's product range, including Landis-Bryant ID/OD grinders, Landis centerless grinders and Giustina surface grinding system.

“The Technology Center is a new milestone in our long company history and the latest step in the process of expanding our business activities beyond our traditional orbital operations,“ says Ron Wood, Executive Director of Business Development at Fives Landis Corp. “We will be able to not only develop and provide new products and processes but also help our customers with a proactive approach when facing the challenges of today’s production environment, whether through test grinds, application and training support or R&D work. We work closely with key suppliers and other industry experts to find solutions that help our customers to improve and optimize their current operations."

One of the key focuses of the TechCenter operation will be the application support, especially in areas where tough-to-machine or exotic materials traditionally create challenges for equipment and operators, such as in aerospace applications, Wood says. Dedicated application engineers will work with customers from all industries to solve their very specific problems. It will also give clients the opportunity to attend hands-on machine demonstrations to help better understand processes and capabilities and see the quality delivered by Fives’ grinding systems first hand.

As part of the business expansion, Fives Landis Corp. continues to increase its employee headcount and has added 23 new people to its workforce since beginning of 2016. The company also continues to invest in its internship program and maintains very close relationships with local colleges. Every year between 2 and 5 students complete Fives’ internship program in Hagerstown, where they learn basic manufacturing and engineering skills in a realistic business environment. The company just celebrated its 120th anniversary.