A 55-ton press break enables us to make kilns more efficiently for you.
We are constantly trying to find better ways to make kilns and to improve the delivery time of your kiln orders. With that in mind, we have spent $30,000 so far this year on equipment to expand production capacity.
We purchased a 55-ton press brake to bend metal. The press brake is our largest one and is enabling us to bend large metal parts much more efficiently. We use spot welders to assemble the cases of smaller kilns such as the SC-series. Recently we added digital control systems to the spot welders. We added two industrial table saws to the firebrick room for cutting larger kiln wall sections, and we purchased two mig/tig welders.
We are now planning additional factory expansion for the next half of 2011.
The key to successful manufacturing, of course, is not only machinery but also a skilled work force. Last year Paragon received $82,000 in competitive grant money from the state of Texas for employee education. This year we received a $25,000 grant, which pays for community college courses. For many years Paragon has reimbursed employees for college credits, even without grant money.
Ultimately all these improvements mean better kilns, made in America, for you.
We use three plasma cutters to make sheet metal parts for Paragon kilns.