To better serve the North American market, Blickle USA has taken occupancy of a new 62,491-sq.-ft. multimillion-dollar facility located in Newnan, GA. The building, designed and built specifically for Blickle, represents the completion of the first phase of the company’s U.S. headquarter campus. The 19.5-acre site has been developed and prepped with utilities in place for future expansion. Provisions for a railway spur to service the facility have also been made.
All U.S. operations will be managed from the facility including engineering, custom manufacturing, sales, customer service, product testing, customer and distributor training as well as shipping.
A primary feature of the new facility is the state-of-the-art Customer Experience Center. Here, Blickle staff, customers and OEMs can perform head-to-head comparisons of multiple casters and wheels on their devices under a variety of real-world conditions including different surfaces, inclines and declines, under load or empty, and in wet or dry environments. A proprietary and custom-manufactured test device can even demonstrate the effects of wear and tear over time by subjecting wheels to a high volume of cycles under a variety of conditions in a very short amount of time. There’s even an outdoor test track.
“Our applications experts can tell someone with a very high degree of certainty what the best caster is for their needs,” said Blickle USA President Scott Chahalis. “But showing them in a realistic test environment gives them the 100-percent certainty to make their selection with complete confidence. That’s why we are committed to making this space available to any end user, distributor or OEM who wishes to use it.”
The center is equipped with an array of IP cameras so tests can be monitored remotely in real-time via Blickle’s secure web portal.
Product availability is a cornerstone of Blickle USA’s marketing strategy, so 62,491 sq. ft. of the building is dedicated to maintaining a vast inventory of wheel sizes and caster configurations. This commitment to inventory allows the company to offer an unprecedented number and variety of products from both their Blickle and Pegasus lines for shipment in 24 hours or less. Products in the Blickle line carry a four-year warranty.
The building architecture is sleek and modern and the design boasts several environmentally responsible features, including an abundance of natural light, motion sensors to turn off lights in unoccupied areas, energy-efficient doors and windows, sun-sensing blinds to reduce heating and air conditioning energy consumption, a high-efficiency HVAC system, and even electric fork lifts. Ergonomic accommodations such as variable-height work surfaces and computer monitors, ergonomic seating, and anti-fatiguing floor mats ensure the 27 current and several additional planned hires have a pleasant, comfortable working environment.