Facility and Technologies Expansion Boost Capacity & Capabilities
The 3-Dimensional Services Group, a leader in rapid manufacturing and low-volume production, has announced an ambitious expansion to one of its affiliated companies, Urgent Design & Manufacturing (UDM), located at 3142 John Conley, Lapeer, MI 48446
The company will add 65,000 sq.ft. to the current 100,000 sq.ft. Lapeer facility, which will allow for greater flexibility of its fabricating and machining footprint. The expansion and related equipment will result in an eventual investment approaching $10 million. It’s also expected to boost employment at the facility by 30 plus employees. The addition will not only increase the output capacity of the facility, but combined with the anticipated investment in new equipment, grow the range of services offered.
A unique feature of the facility will be an area labeled by the company as the “Design Studio”. This space will further enhance its capabilities as a full service, quick response advanced product development source, from design assist and validation, through manufacturing support.
According to Douglas Peterson, founder and CEO of The 3-Dimensional Services Group “This expansion is pivotal to boost our company’s capabilities to fabricate a broad spectrum of components and assemblies and to provide our customers with access to the best and latest technologies.”
Added Alan Peterson, President “Our customers’ product designs and engineering processes are changing at a rapid pace to keep up with market demands and global competition. This expansion and subsequent investment in manufacturing technologies is necessary to meet these needs both now and in the future for our growing customer base.”
Keith Chene, Chief Financial Officer weighed in that “Some might see this as a risky move in an uncertain economy, but we’ve been able to grow our company organically by paring risk with opportunity, and so far, it has proven to be a boon for our customers. The last two years have given us the confidence that this expansion is just one more strategic step toward future success.”
UDM began operations in 2000 as an extension and broadening of 3-Dimensional Services. It offers hydroforming and associated CNC tube bending, 3-axis and 5-axis fiber laser cutting, CNC machining, robotic and manual welding, hydroforming, water jet cutting, as well as a large stamping and forming department along with numerous CAD and engineering workstations.
The 3-Dimensional Services Group, consisting of 3-Dimensional Services, Urgent Plastic Services, Urgent Design & Manufacturing, 3-Dimensional Services-Europe and Michigan Integrated Technologies, has earned a reputation for building functional prototype parts and producing low-volume production parts 50 to 70% faster than conventional shops.