EGGER Wood Products
Highly Automated Wood Manufacturing Facility.
EGGER is a family-owned, Austrian-based wood manufacturing company that produces panel products. These products are used in a variety of manufacturing items, including laminate flooring, cabinetry, residential, and commercial furniture, along with casework. The company knew it was time to expand its facilities to the U.S. and selected Gray to partner on its 20th manufacturing operation worldwide.
- LocationLexington, NC
- Square Footage815,000 s.f.
- Operational18 months
The highly automated facility produces panel products used in a variety of manufacturing items and includes a fully integrated 3D model along with laminated wood joist glulams shipped from Europe. Construction of the new facility allows EGGER greater flexibility to provide its North American customer base with an American-made product through more local supply chains with shorter lead times.
Carsten Ritterbach, plant manager, Commercial Services, describes this facility as the “most modern plant in the world” for the type of product it manufactures. The Gray team placed a strong emphasis on flexible, innovative plant design and implementing safe practices.
“Gray and EGGER partnered with full collaboration on all aspects of the project including schedule, cost, and design,” said Gray Project Executive John Slone. We worked with EGGER and not for them. Both companies joined to essentially become one team, which developed a high level of trust among everyone.”
Production automation was facilitated by the latest Industry 4.0 technologies and state-of-the-art production equipment and technology—including 85,000 s.f. of AS/RS—while Gray collaboratively developed a project-wide safety program with OSHA advisors for the 1,150 workers on site.
As a result, Engineering News-Record recognized the EGGER plant as the Southeast region’s Best Project in the manufacturing category and awarded it for Excellence in Safety.
Process & Packaging Systems Engineering
Automation & Controls