“Since joining the company in 1998, I have personally witnessed the growth of Salvagnini America,” Johnson said of the company, which has been based in Hamilton for 30 years and employs around 125 people (and is hiring) . “We are a quiet organization. We are not naturally stormy.”
The expansion completes the campus, which will provide current and future customers with “a welcoming facility” to explore the machines they offer. Emphasizing that it is not a machine showroom, he called it a “comprehensive learning center for promoting complete manufacturing solutions in a market.”
“The campus is where visitors can access the full scope of design and manufacturing from concept to finished product,” said Johnson. “Our primary focus is our customers and the campus provides a better place to share ideas and share our skills, values and original ideas.”
This is the latest manufacturer to either move into or expand in Hamilton, reflecting the revitalization the city has seen over the past decade.
“Manufacturing, particularly what you’ve seen in Hamilton in Southwest Ohio and Ohio in general, is going back to really advanced manufacturing and higher quality and higher quality goods being made in the state.”
Ohio is consistently featured on lists identifying the top states for manufacturing. Database website IndustrySelect.com ranked Buckeye State third with manufacturing jobs counting nearly 900,000 at more than 15,000 manufacturing companies.
Hamilton has seen several companies either open a new facility, expand existing facilities or announce expansion plans over the past 12 months, including Saica, ThyssenKrupp Bilstein and Vinylmax.
“A company like this will help us retain and grow our workforce,” Gunderson said of Salvagnini.
Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President Dan Bates said the city has attracted and retained business for several reasons, including its utility infrastructure, transport infrastructure and ease of cutting red tape.
“I think everyone in Hamilton — the city, the chamber, economic development, everyone — is working as hard as they can to make projects easy,” Bates said. “This team at Hamilton is doing what it takes to make that happen. Things don’t get bogged down in bureaucracy, bureaucracy and the like. It still happens, but everyone finds a way. You will not make it difficult for them to complete a project like this safely, easily, legally and as quickly as possible.”
Gunderson said the character of the building speaks to the character of Salvagnini. Johnson said the expansion’s architecture focused on nature, craftsmanship and simplicity, not dissimilar to their Italian headquarters.
“It’s really breathtaking to see this facility,” said Gunderson. “There was just so much thought put into the architectural building of this community and it really says something about the company. It really speaks to her character. They do things right and they get it right the first time.”