Wenger Manufacturing is preparing to enlarge its dryer production facility in Sabetha, Kan. by 45,000 square feet and increase production capacity by nearly 50%, according to the company.
According to Robert Sunderland, Wenger’s director of dryer technology, the increased demand for Wenger dryers has created an ongoing backlog, which ultimately drove the decision to expand the Sabetha facility. “Over the past few years, we’ve put quite an emphasis on dryers,” said Sunderland. “That has led not only to an increase in market share, but to the development of the new Wenger Enhanced Sanitary Dryer, which means we’re also adding another model to the production mix.”
The expanded facility will also create jobs. “Dryer installations and retrofits are already brisk, and we need to produce the equipment in a timely manner," said Brad Wenger, the company’s vice president of manufacturing and engineering. "Consequently, we’ll be adding employees once the expansion is completed.”