Wenger Manufacturing has begun work on a US$13 million renovation project to expand and modernise the Wenger Technical Centre in Sabetha, USA. The Wenger Technical Centre is a facility dedicated to innovation and continuous improvement of extrusion process systems for food, feed and industrial applications.
The Wenger Technical Centre houses full-scale extruders, dryers and ancillary components to provide a real-world development environment for extrusion-based products and processes. A recognised proving ground for innovation and training, the centre is used by clients, academia and other industry partners for accelerating product development and operational training.
“This renovation is a strategic reinvestment into a facility that has long served our industries as the critical hub for innovation and continuous improvement,” says Lafe Bailey, Co-CEO and President of Sales and Corporate Development. “The Technical Centre has held global importance to the extrusion industry since 1954, and we are committed to both renewing, and expanding, the roles and responsibilities that the Wenger Technical Centre holds in the industries we serve.”
The new construction will increase the existing 22,000-square-foot centre’s capacity by 40 percent, making the facility more scalable and extending its lifespan long into the future. The modernisation will include enhancing preventative measures for food safety, and the added square footage will make the centre more versatile. It will expand the scope of market-facing services while also further enhancing existing innovation projects already active in the Wenger pipeline.
“As our industries face increased scrutiny over food safety, the new Wenger Technical Centre will provide a lowrisk environment to evaluate prototypes and make sure new products and processes adhere to safety and quality standards,” says Brend King, Vice President and Technical Centre Director.
‘We’re very excited for this expansion as it will allow us to continue helping clients—and Wenger—move ideas from concept to market more quickly.’
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