Rotating Equipment Repair breaks ground on expansion
RER can combine operations, increase manufacturing space with addition

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 22, 2015

 Rotating Equipment Repair owner Kurt Weis talks to employees before a groundbreaking for the company’s new expansion on Tuesday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

SUSSEX — Holding a shiny silver shovel before a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Rotating Equipment Repair Owner and President Kurt Weis said the expanded facility will allow the Sussex company to continue tapping into the nuclear industry and continue growing. “It gives us the ability to capture that work in the nuclear industry. There really is no limit to what we can do,” Weis said.

The 50,000 square foot of additional space will adjoin the existing RER building at W298-N5550 Executive Drive. It will primarily contain manufacturing space for the company, which services facilities in the power generation, pulp and paper and petrochemical industries. RER’s services include providing field service engineers and crews for the overhaul and repairs on industrial pumps, as well as having a full-service machine shop for the fabrication, machining and repairs of all replacement parts.

RER’s new manufacturing space will have a test loop where it can hydraulically test pumps the company has repaired prior to shipment.

Melissa Schindler, RER’s chief knowledge officer, said the two main goals for the expansion were to increase the company’s manufacturing space and combine operations under one roof. RER currently owns another 18,000-square-foot facility on South Corporate Circle in the same industrial park that houses its quality, accounting and pattern making departments.

“We have had steady growth year after year on our fossil side of the business,” Schindler said. “We are looking to expand into other markets which part of the manufacturing space increase would account for.”

With the addition, RER anticipates hiring 15 new employees during the next three to five years, mainly in the machining area. The company currently has 55 full-time and 12 part-time employees.

Weis credited the company’s success to its workers, many of whom attended the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

He said the success is “based on all you folks here and not necessarily the building or the equipment. It’s the people who occupy the building and operate the equipment.”

Building the expansion will take about 10 months, Weis said, adding there will be good days and bad days.

“The important part is to focus on what has gotten us here,” he said. “If we focus on what we do, we will continue to be successful.”

RER is working with Excel Engineering and Cullen on its nuclear repair addition.