HANNOVER, GERMANY AND AUBURN (ALABAMA), USA – The Berghoff Group announced today that the Germany-based company will set up its first U.S. manufacturing location in Auburn, Alabama. The company plans to invest approximately $30 million and create approximately 100 precision machining jobs in Auburn over the next five years.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson announced the deal at the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, where the United States is the official Partner Country this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially opened the 2016 Hannover Messe on Monday, April 25.
“We welcome middle-sized German companies investing and succeeding in the United States,” Emerson said. “The Berghoff Group is a family-owned firm with a strong tradition here in Germany. We are proud to join that tradition with U.S. productivity and innovation – among the many reasons foreign firms choose to invest in the United States.”
“With the North America operation we will be able to serve our global customers both from Europe and the U.S.,” stated Oliver Bludau, CEO of the Berghoff Group. “Berghoff’s principles and processes will create the same quality and value for our customers for products made at our Auburn location. We are very grateful to the State of Alabama and the City of Auburn for the support that our project is receiving.”
Starting in 2017, the Berghoff Precision Machining will use its manufacturing expertise to produce parts in Auburn for key customers in the equipment manufacturing, semiconductor, and aerospace industries.
“The Berghoff Group’s decision to open a facility in Alabama means 100 well-paying jobs and another world-class company operating in the state,” said Alabama’s Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield. “The Berghoff Group is widely known as a high-quality manufacturer, and its investment in Alabama is a powerful endorsement of the state as an ideal location for expansion."
The presence of Auburn University and its well-known engineering program played an important role in Berghoff’s location decision, according to the company. The Auburn facility will be Berghoff’s fifth manufacturing location, joining operations in Germany and Switzerland.
The Berghoff Group is a global leader in the mechanical processing of highly complex workpieces, including five-axis and high-speed machining. The company machines a variety of high-performance metals in the high-mix, low-volume, and high-complexity fields.
Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. said: "The announcement today is great news for Auburn and this expansion will provide excellent job opportunities for our residents. I am extremely grateful for the support that the project has received from the State of Alabama, and I’m proud to welcome the Berghoff team to Auburn."