State and local officials joined executives of Donaldson Company on Feb. 13 to cut the ribbon on a new manufacturing plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The new plant is located near Donaldson’s existing plant, which is the headquarters for its Latin American and Caribbean regions.
The new 150,000 square foot, state-of-te-art facility is fully operational, and significantly expands Donaldson’s capabilities for producing air filtration products including PowerCore®, RadialSeal™ and Axial Seal air cleaners and ancillary products. Additionally, the Company will utilize its existing plant to increase liquid filtration manufacturing for products such as those designed with Donaldson’s patented Synteq™ and Synteq XP™ media for fuel, lube and hydraulics applications.
“The demand for air filtration products to support our OEM and aftermarket customers in Latin America has increased to the stage where more direct access to products is required,” said Guillermo Briseño, managing director for Donaldson Latin America. “Expanding our air filtration manufacturing capabilities in Aguascalientes aligns with our strategy of locating facilities close to customers. This ensures the highest level of customer service as we manufacture and ship our filtration products in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.”
“As we relocate our existing air filtration manufacturing capacity into the new plant, our existing facility is being reconfigured to double our liquid manufacturing capability in Mexico,” continued Briseño. “Similar to the need for air filtration products, our Latin American OEM partners are also experiencing increased demand for liquid filtration products for diesel-powered engines and hydraulic equipment. Manufacturing crucial liquid filtration products within the region, such as those designed with our Synteq and Synteq XP media, will allow our customers the flexibility to source products to meet a wide range of filtration efficiency and capacity requirements.”
The new Aguascalientes plant, which employs 260 people, is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification – an internationally recognized mark of excellence. LEED provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
“Donaldson strives to be a good corporate citizen – particularly in the regions where we operate facilities,” shared Joe Lehman, Donaldson’s Vice President of Global Operations. “In addition to being LEED certified, the new facility is pursuing ISO certifications for environmental and quality standards.”
In addition to the two manufacturing facilities, Donaldson also operates a distribution center in Aguascalientes, and has other sales, manufacturing and distribution sites in Monterrey, Mexico; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile.