2900 Earhart Court in Hebron, Kentucky has played host to ARMOR USA for the past 20 years. In the beginning, the company was only renting out a small portion of the building for its production lines and offices, but as the years went by, ARMOR USA became larger and larger, which created a need for more and more space. In turn, they rented out the rest of the units in the building, one by one, as their needs grew. The building is only so big though, and to keep up with the constant increase in demand for their Thermal Transfer ribbons, ARMOR USA took another major step by expanding to an entirely new building: 3000 Earhart Court.
With the openings of subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and recently Colombia, one would assume that a lot of the workload has been lifted from the shoulders of ARMOR USA to fulfill orders, since they originally serviced all of these countries as well. The contrary has proven true, though, and even with these locations manufacturing product for their local customers, ARMOR USA has shown a steady growth in sales within the United States. By acquiring the new 3000 building, they’ve made room to continue this trend.
Currently, ARMOR USA occupies 81,000 square feet of space. With the new expansion, ARMOR USA will add over 32,000 square feet, resulting in a total of 113,000 square feet of space. The original building will maintain some of its offices, but demolish others, creating 40% more space for production. This will make way for new equipment, enhanced automatization and allow overall production capacity to increase by 60-80%!
The new expansion will be used for mostly non-manufacturing purposes. The development of this acquisition results in enhanced working conditions with multiple private offices, large open office settings with high ceilings, state-of-the-art applications labs, multiple conference rooms and a customer experience center. The company has a strong focus on its employees “well-being at work” so they provided new ergonomic furniture, designed a modern-style kitchen/break room and an updated gym/exercise room.
This new expansion will also host the US headquarters of the new developing technologies from ARMOR. Kimya® is the brand of 3D filaments that ARMOR initiated as a new life for plastics from used ink cartridges. Utilizing ARMOR’s chemical expertise, Kimya® has further expanded to new high-performance materials such as PEKK, PEBA, PC, ABS composites and many more, supporting partners in their additive manufacturing needs. En’Safe® is the brand for current collector films, a key component within lithium ion batteries and super capacitors. En’Safe® films are used in electric vehicles and stationary energy storage units for home markets, as well as markets with large global electric grids. ARMOR hopes to achieve the same success with the products from these business units as its Thermal Transfer ribbons.