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Fike's new manufacturing facility is built

Published on 4 May 2011
Fike's new manufacturing allows for increased production
Fike manufactures its own clean agent fire protection cylinders onsite

Fike has announced the completion of a new Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Facility at its corporate headquarters in Blue Springs, Missouri.

This new facility allows for the increased production of Fike commercial clean agent fire protection cylinders, while providing employees with a clean, safe and more comfortable work environment. 

The huge boom in the computer and Internet industries has lead to a rapid®increase in the need for fire suppression and protection products such as Fike's innovative ECARO-25 clean agent system and the ProInert® inert gas system. Fike is one of the few protection companies that manufacture's its own clean agent cylinders onsite, eliminating any reliance on inundated outside manufacturing vendors. Fike incorporated possible future expansion capabilities into the design, and after careful planning, broke ground on construction of the new facility in early 2010.

"In the wake of businesses all across the country scrambling to reduce costs, Fike chose to invest in their infrastructure. While the primary focus was to maintain control of product quality, lead-times and costs, keeping jobs local and stimulating the economy were also importtant considerations," says Brent Leonard, Production Manager for Commercial Products.

Designed and built by Fike, the new facility features a state-of-the-art oven with nearly doubled the previous capacity, leading to a more balanced workflow and reduced material handling. The addition of the new facility has also allowed the original welding facility to focus on the growing demand for Fike's line of explosion protection products and explosion testing equipment.                                                            

The huge boom in the computer and internet industries has lead to a rapid increase in the the need for fire suppression and protection products

"Fike is on a journey to be recognised as a world class manufacturing organisation. This facility is a major milestone in that commitment. We are competing in cost with companies that specialise only in cylinder manufacturing, while maintaining the highest standards of quality. This is quite an accomplishment since Fike produces a wide range of products within five distinct product lines," concluded Leonard.

Fike is a globally recognised supplier of products and services that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion, and over-pressurisation. With over 65 years of experience manufacturing safety solutions, Fike offers a complete line of proven, reliable products to customers around the world.

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