Hapman Expands Manufacturing Operations in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Mich. - Hapman, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of equipment and systems for bulk material handling expands its manufacturing campus in Kalamazoo, MI. Hapman, a KMC Global Company, is expanding from the company’s current capacity bringing the total manufacturing capacity to 159,000 sq ft. The addition of the new buildings allows Hapman to not only fulfill equipment orders more efficiently, but also allows for expansion of the company’s technology center and controls division.

Hapman Expands It's Manufacturing Campus"More than ever we are supporting our customers across bulk material handling industries to engineer complete material handling systems. This expansion allows us to meet the changing needs of our customers and provide the best possible service and support", notes Greg Patterson, Hapman Vice President. The original plant location, known as Building 1, will house some final assembly, an expanded technology center, shipping, and KMC Global corporate functions. Core manufacturing of the Tubular Drag Chain Conveyor, En-Masse Drag Conveyor, Bulk Bag Unloaders and Fillers, Helix® Flexible Screw Conveyors, and other large-scale system components will be handled in Building 2. The third campus building is currently being renovated for the company’s controls division expansion.

Ned Thompson, President and CEO notes, "Our company has always served the unique needs of the industry; we partner with our customers to engineer equipment that will solve their most difficult material handling challenges. The expansion of our manufacturing operations allows us to continue to provide best-in-class equipment and customer service". The manufacturing campus is located near I-94, a major U.S. east/west interstate providing a cost effective shipping route throughout North America. PRAB, a sister company within the KMC Global family, is also co-located on the campus.

Hapman began manufacturing the Tubular Drag Chain Conveyor more than 70 years ago during the post WWII manufacturing renaissance in the United States. Over the decades, Hapman has expanded its product line to include a wide-range of conveyors, feeders, bulk bag and small batch material handling equipment to automate and improve process operations. In addition to equipment, Hapman has a global customer service team for project managed start-up assistance and preventative maintenance support.

Hapman contracts with sales representatives throughout the world to provide local technical support and service. The company’s European Headquarters is located in Opole, Poland where equipment and systems are designed and manufactured for Europe and surrounding regions. Hapman India is headquartered in Gajarat and serves both India and the Middle East region. Partnerships in China and Brazil allow Hapman to serve processors in each of these regions.