JE Pistons, Huntington Beach, Calif., a supplier of high-performance forged pistons for professional engine builders, race teams and enthusiasts for more than 60 years, is relocating its advanced manufacturing center to Mentor, Ohio.
The decision to relocate is part of an ongoing effort to be closer to the majority of JE customers, improve delivery and expand capabilities, according to a press release.
Earlier this year, JE Pistons announced the company was expanding its manufacturing capabilities east of the Mississippi to reduce lead times and shipping costs for customers.
“After successfully meeting our goal of launching Midwest piston production in the second quarter of 2012, our team continued to evaluate the major needs of our customers,” said Bob Hange, president of Performance Motorsports Inc. (PMi), the parent company of JE Pistons. “We are excited to relocate the JE Pistons manufacturing center to Ohio, and believe this move will afford us even greater efficiencies that we can pass along to our customers through competitively priced product, lower shipping costs, critical speed of delivery and expanded internal coating capabilities. We’re also appreciative of the financial support we’ve received on both the local and state level to help make this move possible.”
The relocation will occur in stages from now through November and will involve moving more than 75 of the company’s modern CNC machines and supporting equipment, the release noted.
JE Pistons will make additional investments in research and development, product design and lead-time reduction systems, according to Hange. To maintain its commitment to building high-quality products, the company has made a capital investment of more than $1 million to the Mentor, Ohio facility.
In addition, JE Pistons will retain a strong presence in Southern California, establishing a new Sales and Engineering Center to maintain all sales, customer service and product engineering roles, the company added.