Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment recently opened its new headquarters on a 15-acre lot in Freeland, Mich.
To meet demand and keep a superior customer experience in focus, Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment, a designer, developer and manufacturer of asphalt hot boxes, tack distributors and recyclers used for pothole repair and maintenance, announced Feb. 12 its new headquarter facility is fully operational.
Located at 2600 W. Salzburg Road in Freeland, Mich., the building is near the intersection of M-10 and M-47 for easy access to main highways. With 48,000 sq. ft. dedicated to operations and 5,000 sq. ft. of office space on a 15-acre lot, the new facility can accommodate all divisions in a single location, creating shorter lead times and faster delivery.
"The new headquarter and manufacturing facility allows us to meet growing demand for our products while continuing to improve delivery. We can consolidate operations to one location, which greatly reduces production time," said Michael Day, president, Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment. "It's a time-sensitive business, especially in areas with unpredictable weather, and our long-term vision is to process new orders in less than 30 days. We're working to set the bar higher, so our customers can fulfill their asphalt repair and maintenance projects sooner."
Expected to generate up to 50 jobs for Freeland-area residents over the next three years, the new headquarters creates a higher-quality working environment for employees. Several environmental systems have been installed, including dust collection, air scrubbing systems and new paint booths with advanced filtering processes to improve air quality.
In addition, a number of safety and ergonomics standards have been adopted to increase employee well-being and comfort during all manufacturing functions.
"We've invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and systems to lift air quality standards for our employees, as this new headquarters was designed just as much for our people as it was for our business and our customers," said Day.
In addition to quality and safety considerations, Falcon also allocated funds to build an outdoor patio complete with a grill and seating area to establish a place for employees to enjoy during the warmer months.
Falcon invested $4.7 million in the move, and local residents are already seeing some benefits. The Michigan Department of Transportation and the Bay County Road Commission (BCRC) dedicated an additional $518,000 to reconstructing and resurfacing parts of Flajole and Salzburg roads to support increased traffic by Falcon and its operations.
"The support we've received from Williams Township, MDOT and the BCRC has been beyond terrific," said Day. "Everyone in the community will enjoy smoother roads because of this improvement project, and we're all about building better roads, so it's a fitting welcome."
To commemorate the milestone, Falcon hosted local officials, employees and family members of employees for a private ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house celebration complete with guided tours and a barbecue lunch.