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REI Automation expands Columbia campus operations

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Published Sept. 22, 2015

REI Automation celebrated its 25th anniversary with the announcement of recent expansions to its 8-acre Columbia campus.

The company, which designs and builds custom industrial equipment, has built a new 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art machine development center at the site. The assembly hall includes an 80-foot wide, 10-ton bridge crane designed for the fabrication of larger production lines.

The facility will assist in creating integrated systems for the automotive, medical, nuclear, heavy vehicle, communications, energy and consumer goods markets, a release said.

“In an industry like ours that requires us to continuously develop technical solutions for our customers, it’s hard to have staying power,” said Grant Phillips, REI Automation president. “But our employees are smart and hardworking. They are invested in the success of our company, and that ensures our machines are of the highest quality.”

The company, whose equipment includes assembly lines, robotic cells and special-purpose machines, also announced a second location in Chattanooga, Tenn., that will serve customers in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

“We don’t know what kind of automation solutions we’ll be bringing our customers in the next quarter century,” Phillips says. “We do know we’re already looking forward to it.”

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