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Primetals plant in Warren expands

WARREN — Primetals Technologies has finished moving parts of its manufacturing and service operations from Worcester, Mass., to a plant in Warren for its Morgoil product line of oil film bearings used in the metal industry.

The Warren facility, 250 Dietz Road NE, has manufactured and refurbished rolling mill components for customers for decades.

“Moving the Morgoil product line to Warren puts us closer to many of our customers,” said Gabriel Royo, vice president, metallurgical services. “With several steel plants located in the central United States, we can provide even faster response and delivery times. These customers also appreciate that we’re investing in our facilities and committing to manufacture in the USA.”

The bearings are used in more than 1,500 mills on six continents. More of the bearings are used in back-up rolls for hot strip and plate mills than all other bearings combined, Royo said.

“Right now, we are working on several orders that will be shipped overseas — to places like Belgium, India and Mexico,” said Steve Bedard, general manager of the Primetals Technologies Warren facility. “We do a lot of work here in Warren that’s exported all over the world.”

Part of the 300,000- square-foot facility in Warren is dedicated to manufacturing new Morgoil bearings. The operation also will include bearing reclamation services.

Fifteen machines have been installed at the plant, including three new tools that help reduce set up and run times. The company has filled more than half of the skilled positions needed and plans to hires 32 employees to reach full capacity.

Primetals Technologies in Warren goes back to 1964 when Service Guide Inc. was founded. Service Guide was acquired by Siemens in 2013 and then became part of a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Siemens in 2015.

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