During 2016, SWEP got to recognize manufacturing achievements all around the world with three factories having anniversaries this year. SWEP Slovakia celebrated 10 years while SWEP Malaysia marked their 15 year anniversary. SWEP North America was able to enjoy recognition for having made it to the 20 year milestone. Each location marked the occasion by having events for employees and their families to celebrate their success.
Since production first started back in September 2006 in Kechnec, SWEP Slovakia has grown from a small building with a very small group of people producing only one type of BPHE to a large production facility with 270 employees that produce numerous BPHE types. Despite the growth in production & people, our Slovakian team is also proud of the fact that they still have 14 original team members still working from the very first day. They acknowledged this factory achievement by having a Family Day which included the president of SWEP, Mr. Håkan Nilsson, as a special guest.
Plant Manager Katarina Andersson speaks about the success of the Slovakian factory, “It is an honor to be the plant manager here, especially now that we are celebrating this anniversary. It’s such an inspiring atmosphere which the growth and development of this plant is a clear sign of! ”
SWEP Malaysia was next to celebrate with their own event which included employees & family members along with some customers and suppliers. Located in Subang Jaya, Selangor this location has gone from having 4 employees to having close to 60 which produce many of our heat exchanger types. The day included a welcome speech by Plant Manager Mr. Steven Lee and an opening speech given by VP of Finance & Administration Mr. Anders Lundblad.
Steven Lee commented on Malaysia’s success, “There is a saying that goes ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and for those who have a long working relationship with SWEP Malaysia, I am sure they can see and feel the growth that we have achieved over the years. We started with a single furnace 15 years ago mainly to serve the Japanese market, to now 3 furnaces and exporting our products all over Asia. This significant achievement would not have been possible without the good work from our employees along with the support they get from their families, as well as our suppliers in ensuring their cost, quality and delivery performance are aligned to our growth ambition. Lastly, we want to thank our loyal customers for continuing to believe in us and do business with SWEP. I am confident we will continue to grow and there will be many more celebrations in the future for our team.”
SWEP North America rounded out the celebrations with their own family day held at their Tulsa, OK facility which included lots of food, games, and fun. Since 1985, SWEP NA, Inc. has been a constant presence in North America selling its range of BPHEs. These were initially imported from Europe, but the success of what was then a relatively new technology quickly made it obvious that local manufacturing was essential. Now, SWEP NA is celebrating 20 years of uninterrupted manufacturing.
Jared Lovelle is the General Manager for Hub Americas and he has enjoyed serving customers and growing the business in the Americas while SWEP has been driving conversion to BPHEs across multiple industries in the region. The company attributes its success over the years to the dedicated people that work there and looks forward to continued growth. Lovelle speaks on what lies ahead for SWEP NA, “I see us growing even more in the future as we partner with customers to challenge efficiency and push into new technologies.”
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