Archive for Thursday, July 28, 2011

Local company planning third expansion since 1999 beginning

July 28, 2011

Rice Precision Manufacturing is ready to expand and is doing so with about an extra 12,000 square feet of space.

The Baldwin City manufacturing company has purchased a pre-engineered Olympia Steel Buildings metal building system to expand the custom metal machining operation. Owner Bryan Rice said the addition to the existing building would allow Rice Precision to add equipment and employees, as well as get into other areas of manufacturing.

Rice Precision began in 1999 and this will be the company’s third building expansion.

“I’ve put one up before in the first shop we started in,” Rice said. “It’s the way to go as far as a manufactured facility, pre-engineered. As far as the company, the guys I was working with there were easy to work with, very responsive, pricing was in line. Looks like a quality product.”

Rice said the decision to expand occurred about three months ago. The building system is a kit that comes to the site and construction on the addition should begin in a couple of weeks. Rice said the building should be completed by Nov. 1.

For Rice and where he believes the company is headed, this addition was important.

“It’s huge. Right now … we are shoehorned in here,” Rice said. “With the requirements we have and the direction we want to go, we absolutely have to have more space, and when you get in to some of the bigger fabrications, areas of manufacturing we want to head toward also, you need square footage.”

Rice calls the company a “manufacturing job shop,” which performs CNC milling and turning, grinding, honing, heat-treating, precision fabricating, MIG and TIG welding, machine building and mold, tool and die.

As Rice Precision prepares for its facility and manufacturing expansion and bringing in more customers, Rice is happy to be working in Baldwin City.

“It’s nice to be in Baldwin where I get support. Everyone is rooting for you,” Rice said. “They can see what it generates, what it does, you know, create high-paying jobs and I plan to continue doing that for some time.”

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