National Machinery readies expansion

National Machinery had a dedication ceremony and a company luncheon in its new and expanded tool shop, Wednesday.

The new tool room is a part of National’s technology division called Met-MAX Innovations, and is headed by Executive Vice President Tom Hay.

“Today you will just see the room bare because the machines will be coming in over the next few weeks,” President Andrew Kalnow said. “But it allows for a nice opportunity for us to have an employee lunch in that room because it won’t be available in the future. It is literally brand new; people have barely stepped on the floor.”

National is making a multimillion dollar investment in the tool room, in terms of facility and equipment, which is to be staged over two to three years, Kalnow said.

The company also is to give its employees a general company bonus.

“We are happy to do that in years where we make money that meets certain targets,” Kalnow said to the employees at the luncheon.

He said the new tool room is to be more of a “clean room” and more modern, which he said is important to keep machines operating in a controlled temperature.

“People are kind of proud of the fact that we’re able to make investments in the company,” Hay said. “Everybody’s hard work helps create the new things we do here every day.”