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CTB purchases US facility to house pig equipment business

CTB, Inc. is expanding its Milford operations with the purchase of a 125,000-square-foot manufacturing facility from Georgia Gulf Corp. of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The facility previously housed Royal Building Products and is located a quarter mile east of CTB’s current property.  The acquired building includes a production area, warehouse and administrative offices.  The purchase brings CTB’s total facility space in Milford to approximately 814,000 square feet.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  
PigTek Pig Equipment Group
CTB plans to house its growing PigTek Pig Equipment Group business unit in the facility.  The PigTek business unit was created by CTB in early 2007 to coordinate product development, manufacturing and sales for CTB’s Laake, Porcon and Chore-Time pig production equipment brands.  
PigTek’s brand portfolio now includes those brands as well as Mannebeck and PigTek-branded products. “With growth in PigTek’s sales and product range, available floor space in the existing buildings was no longer sufficient,” according to CTB president and chief executive officer, Victor A. Mancinelli.
“The new facility will permit the PigTek group to expand its manufacturing processes in the United States to encompass some of the products previously manufactured only at PigTek’s European plants in Germany and the Netherlands as well as additional product development.”
Pig industry investment
George Murdoch, managing director of PigTek, noted that the PigTek group has been looking for the opportunity to increase its US manufacturing and logistics space for some time.  “We are investing in the pig industry in order to better serve customers in the Americas and around the world.  The new space will allow us to improve both our manufacturing capabilities and delivery performance.” 

“The Milford location will become PigTek's home office for its Americas’ group with a training center and product show room,” according to Murdoch.  He continued, “It's important to be able to provide customer training and support services for the products we are bringing to market.  We will continue to develop new products for the Americas at this location while completing the product offering from our European locations with systems such as the Mannebeck Intec Mac Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) system.” 

Murdoch further noted that no immediate impact on staff size is anticipated as a result of the purchase, though the new facility does offer room for future expansion.  CTB employs about 1400 worldwide, of which presently approximately half work in Milford.  The company does not provide employment figures for its individual business units such as PigTek.
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