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EMS-USA sets up first American-based business in Cuba City
New company hopes to add 30 production jobs next year
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Cuba City is the new home to the German-based EMS insulated doors. EMS-USA located to Cuba City in July and has since been acquiring machines and projects to start ramping up production by 2012.
EMS-USA has located to the former Modern Millworks building at 311 E. Monroe Street in the Cuba City Industrial Park. The company currently has approximately eight employees.
According to Scott Myers, president of EMS-USA, their family has been in the cold storage industry for over 50 years. "We are a family business and we work with my father, Carl in building cold storage and cheese factories in the Tri-State area, Myers said.
Over the years, Myers said they first started using the EMS insulated door line from Germany in their construction projects. "They were the best we had used and the craftsmanship and innovation blew us away," Myers said. "This started a relationship with the company in Germany and our now partnership with them in starting a factory in the United States, thus our name EMS-USA to differentiate between our mother company in Germany."
EMS-USA provides EMS food plant, cold storage and pharmaceutical doors. EMS has developed cold and deep freeze doors to meet the highest hygienic requirements. With overall thicknesses between 1.6" and 8", EMS doors achieve excellent heat transfer values and provide reliable insulation down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit and lower.
Over the past few years, Myers has set up a distributorship in North America, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain. "As our sales increased and demand for shorter lead times on product we saw the need for a factory to build our doors here in the states," Myers said. "We took some time to find a suitable place and we looked in Iowa and surrounding areas and finally found a home in Cuba City. With the perfect building and a great welcome from the community we are looking to have approximately 30 factory jobs here within the next year."
While the doors are still made in Germany at this time, Myers said the company is moving forward with their factory set up. "We have only been in Cuba City since the middle of July," Myers said. "Things take time to prepare and we want to do things right so as to produce the highest quality product but also establish ourselves as a solid fixture in the community."