Regulator Marine is completing a 43,000-square-foot expansion at its Edenton, N.C., plant, and expects the new plant to be operational by March.
It’s the second phase of a 55,000-square-foot overall expansion.
“We originally had projected it would be finished in January,” Regulator president Joan Maxwell told Trade Only Today. “They weren’t able to pour concrete at one point because of Hurricane Florence.”
“We will be rearranging processes in the existing buildings — moving support functions like router operations, glass cutting, resin-transfer molding into what is our current assembly building,” said Maxwell.
The new assembly building will be 35,000 square feet and an 8,000-sq. ft. addition will become part of the lamination facility.
“The new assembly facility will house the growing engineering department as well,” said Maxwell.
The company employs about 220 people, having hired about 45 in conjunction with the expansion.
“Now it’s just about getting everybody on the same page,” said Maxwell. “We’ve had an engineering department, but we’ve never had a head of engineering. When you operate as a small company, everybody wears a lot of different hats. As the company grows, you can no longer run a company effectively.”
Maxwell said that “getting people to run down their lanes” can be a challenge. “That includes me,” she said. “I’m used to having direct contact with every employee every day, but now I’ve turned the employees over to Keith [Stevens, vice president of operations]. I’m excited because it really allows people to develop and hone their skills.”