Company to expand in Beloit

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In response to the rapidly growing demand for its products and services, Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies will expand its new manufacturing facility in Beloit early next year, company officials announced today.

The Stoughton, Wis.-based company, which produces custom-engineered products to control noise and emissions pollution in industrial processes, moved into the Beloit Ironworks complex just nine months ago. It currently leases 60,000 square feet and is looking to add 40,000 more square feet to keep up with product demand, said Dick Strojinc, Universal AET’s senior vice president of global operations.

“With our business outgrowing the capacity at our existing Wisconsin manufacturing facility due to changes in emission regulations, we knew we needed an additional location and an ability to lease additional floor space as our business expands,” Strojinc said. “Beloit was a logical location because of its easy access to the Interstate, and its proximity to our Stoughton headquarters and Muscoda (Wis.) manufacturing center.”

The Beloit facility, which currently employs 17 people, could see as many as 100 workers added in the near future depending on the rate of growth, Strojinc said.

“When the time comes to hire more workers, we will have a great need for welders, and there seem to be many people with that skill-set in the Beloit area,” he said. “We also are securing office space so we can bring some design and engineering support to Beloit as well. With these staffing and facility changes, we will be in good position to grow along with our customers and to manufacture larger-scale products.”

Universal AET also completed improvements and additions recently at its manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The Mexico plant expanded by 10,000 square feet; new cranes and a second paint booth were added, and the existing sandblast booth was expanded and refurbished.

Universal’s Muscoda manufacturing facility employs 113 individuals. It includes 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space.

In addition to the Stoughton headquarters, Universal has offices in the UK, Singapore and India. The company employs about 400 people globally.

Universal AET was established under the name Universal Silencer in 1959. In the 1970s, it was acquired by Nelson Muffler and then was sold to Cummins Inc. in 1998. The company became independent in 2007.

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