Fortunate to say the least!
Managing large-format composite tooling projects at three tooling shops across the US provides the expected challenges. Add the COVID-19 pandemic to the mix, and you have a completely different set of circumstances. With thoughtful policies mixed in equal measure with some stubbornness, our craftsman never missed a day.
A good thing, too, as we were in the middle of two large projects when the uncertainty of staying in operations became apparent – a 60+meter wind turbine tooling job as well as electric delivery truck tooling. That uncertainty gave way with a letter from the Department of Home Land Security with clear instructions to proceed on our ‘essential’ projects, just to be careful!
For Symmetrix, it was critical that our employees were safe and comfortable with coming to work each day. Keeping the doors open meant shifting into a seven day a week schedule with multiple shifts to cut back on population density on the shop floor. Systems put in place included pre-screening, increased cleaning, sourcing extra PPEs, socially distancing, and generally looking out for each other. Communications and shared PPEs between the shops was critical as the world’s markets shifted. Plant managers were insistent on adhering to CDC and state guidelines to ensure that our employees and their families stayed safe. It was imperative that employees felt safe and protected as we kept as ‘business as usual’ as we could.
“I’m really proud of our management team for their creative solutions and the courage to implement. Our customers were thrilled that we managed to stay on schedule!” commented John Barnitt, President of Symmetrix.
Our doors remain open. We look forward to hearing from you.
Symmetrix opened its North Carolina doors in November 2019, and in March, we welcomed clients, family, and friends to our fully operational facility. Since then, we have grown the team, developed capabilities, and increased capacity. With the final testing, calibration and commissioning of a new large-format (26m x 6.2m x 3m) CMS Poseidon 5-axis machining center, identical to our machine in Bristol RI, the Statesville facility has already produced tooling for customers in the diverse industries of Art & Architecture, Renewable Energy, and Marine.
Statesville Plant Manager, Andrew McDonald, says of the new staff, “some talent from our Rhode Island location relocated to North Carolina, but we are primarily capitalizing on the incredible composites experience in the Statesville area.”
With the North Carolina factory fully functional and complimenting plants in Rhode Island and Nevada, Symmetrix is uniquely positioned to service customers across a wide range of markets and geographies. “We have not just doubled equipment but also our workforce,” says President, John Barnitt. “We have expanded our engineering team, sales, and project management support staff to assist our clients with whatever project they may need.”
Growing demand for accurate geometry and tooling in the marine, aeronautical, infrastructure, and automotive sectors is driving development initiatives throughout the Symmetrix group. McDonald noted the introduction of metrology at the Statesville site. “Our FARO® laser tracker and Verisurf software will measure and compare tooling surfaces to the 3D CAD model geometry with sub-millimeter accuracy without limitation due to size. It will provide near real-time confirmation that a project is on track.” The North Carolina plant will also see the addition of a larger, fully climate-controlled paint booth in the coming year.
Symmetrix Statesville NC Capabilities:
- CMS Poseidon 5-axis Machining Center
- Envelope: X=26m, Y=6.2m, Z=3.0m
- Volumetric Accuracy 0.1mm
- Driven by Siemens NX 12
- Laser tracker metrology for geometry verification.
- 8m x 3m Climate Controlled Paint Booth (27m x 6m on order)
- Digitally controlled modeling paste metering, mixing and dispensing
- Vacuum and infusion equipment
- Metal fabrication and welding
- Gelcoat, chopped fiber application and spray gear
- Fabric resin impregnator
Symmetrix Composites was eager to work again with the talented team at Back Cove to produce plugs and molds for the hull, deck, IGU, and several other critical components for their newest design, the BC39o. Our team utilized capacity spread across our three locations to deliver not just the big components, but also the smaller molds. From seats to swim platforms and hatches to panels, there was a total of 29 components delivered, accurately built, to minimize errors, and improve customer productivity over many pulls.
Thanks to the addition of Abby Preston, our new Sales Account and Project Manager, our shops were able to easily communicate and collaborate to produce the parts. Our engineers were in full communication with the Back Cove designers and project managers throughout the process and that efficient collaboration helped us complete this project.
“We were able to do 13 smaller plugs in Nevada while Rhode Island took on the larger components including the Hull and Deck,” said Preston, who is based in Rhode Island. “This was a massive logistical collaboration coordinating our site managers, build teams, and engineers, as well as the team at Back Cove. Constant communication was key.
“The success of a project like this does a few things. It proves to our customers there is product parity across our locations. The increased capacity also allows us to reduce lead times. With the North Carolina fully online, and plans in place to replicate both facilities’ capabilities in a new Nevada location, more of these multi-site projects will help shorten lead times for our customers,” continued Preston. “We look forward to working with Back Cove again.”
Marlboro Development Team, Inc. Partners with Composite Tooling Manufacturer on New Production Facility in Statesville, NC
Spartanburg, SC – Marlboro Development Team, Inc. (MDT) is pleased to announce the commencement of a long-term lease for a 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility with Symmetrix Composite Tooling (Symmetrix). The facility, located at 860 Connor Street in Statesville, NC, was acquired and rehabilitated by MDT prior to occupancy by Symmetrix.
Symmetrix, headquartered in Bristol, RI, will utilize the location for the machining and fabrication of composite molds, patterns, and plugs for various clients throughout the industries of alternative energy, marine, aerospace, transportation, and art & architecture. The facility was identified by Symmetrix and their brokerage representatives at Colliers International due to its significant manufacturing infrastructure, modern facility attributes, and strategic location near I-77 & I-40.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our search for manufacturing space in the Charlotte region,” said John Barnitt, President of Symmetrix Composite Ttooling. “Don Moss and Grant Miller at Colliers were excellent at focusing on our needs when identifying potential properties and then introducing us to the team at Marlboro Development where Kyle Edney put together a very favorable package to get us into the building.” “Marlboro’s Construction Manager, Bill Keener, put the place in top condition and we are off and running!”
“MDT is excited to partner with Symmetrix in their continued growth to service their customers,” says Kyle Edney, Executive Vice President of Marlboro Development Team. “It has been a pleasure to get to know and work with the leadership team at Symmetrix, and they had true professionals in Colliers representing them on their real estate search.”
About Marlboro Development Team, Inc.
Marlboro Development Team is a South Carolina based real estate developer focused on single tenant build-to-suits, value-add acquisitions, and strategic investments throughout the United States. The senior management of MDT has a proven track record of 100+ years of development experience with successful delivery of over 10 million square feet across a broad spectrum of development projects including industrial, retail, and commercial.
About Symmetrix Composite Tooling
Symmetrix Composite Tooling, Inc. is a multi-axis digital fabricator specializing in composites and serving progressive industries such as alternative energy, transportation, marine, art, and architecture. Symmetrix operates tooling plants in Bristol, Rhode Island, Carson City Nevada and now in Statesville, North Carolina.
Symmetrix Composite Tooling in Bristol, RI and Carson City, NV is looking to hire a new workers in the follow positions:
Successful applicants should have basic work skills in a manufacturing environment. Composite experience is a plus but not required. Symmetrix Composites is prepared to train qualified applicants.
Symmetrix shop floor workers are expected to help with all other positions on the shop floor. The successful candidates will have the willingness to learn and perform other tasks on theshop floor, such as pattern and mold construction.
After a 90-day trial period, the candidate will receive paid holidays, PTO, access to health, dental, andvision insurance and overtime when available.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $14.00 to $18.00 /hour
- composite: 1 year (Preferred)
- One location
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Paid time off
Typical start time:
Typical end time:
- Bi weekly or Twice monthly
This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:
- Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
- Adaptable/flexible — enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
- Detail-oriented — would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
This Company Describes Its Culture as:
- Detail-oriented — quality and precision-focused
- People-oriented — supportive and fairness-focused
This Job Is:
- A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
- Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED
- A “Fair Chance” job (you or the employer follow Fair Chance hiring practices when performing background checks – learn more at https://start.indeed.com/fair-chance)
- Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma