Laird opens new automation plant

LAIRD’s new plant in Warren Ohio will use the latest manufacturing technology to produce a full line of cost-effective, reliable and robust wireless communication and remote control products.

Lou Caruana

The facility also includes research and development and after-market customer support with more space for future growth.

Laird is the largest global manufacturer of industrial radio remote control products for heavy equipment and vehicles used in the mining, rail and industrial markets.

Laird CEO David Lockwood said: “The men and women in this plant help improve safety in some of the most dangerous working environments today.

“Aside from the safety benefits, our wireless controls increase efficiency in the field.”

Laird’s safety control and industrial automation products range from joystick and toggle controls to collision avoidance systems, and communication products that are ideal for locomotives, railcar movers, ship loaders, overhead bridge cranes, mining and a variety of material handling and mobile equipment.

The plant employs 160 people from throughout the region, most of who have transferred from an older plant in Sharpsville.

In addition to the new Warren plant, Laird also operates several facilities in the region including a manufacturing site in Cleveland, and design/engineering, research and development, and sales offices in Cleveland and Akron.

The new plant in Warren is among 50 Laird facilities worldwide, where it employs 9000 people across the US, Europe and Asia.

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