A Cary-based manufacturer is expanding for the second time since 2016 because of an influx of business in the aerospace industry.
Duraflex, which primarily makes industrial bellows, has acquired a new 26,000-square-foot facility less than a mile from its corporate headquarters at 765 Industrial Drive in Cary.
“We need the expansion because our client base with aerospace has increased,” said Jennifer Jones-Reynolds, vice president of marketing. “Our manufacturing area has outgrown our headquarters. We have an onslaught of new business.”
Employing more than
100 people, Duraflex primarily assembles expansion joints, metal and rubber bellows for clients in numerous industries, from agriculture to the military.
Duraflex also provides engineering, designing and testing services for its industrial clients.
Jones-Reynolds would not name specific customers.
She said recent Duraflex clients are in the field of “space exploration.”
“That industry has highly impacted our business model,” she said.
Duraflex has bought new manufacturing equipment to be stored in the building, Jones-Reynolds said. The company is adding new employees, but she would not say how many.
In 2016, the Cary-based company bought a 10,000-square-foot warehouse for $615,000. Since opening in 2004, Duraflex has used a 150,000-square-foot office and manufacturing space in Cary as its headquarters.
The new space allowed Duraflex to use additional warehousing and shipping space to meet growing demand. Duraflex also will house its new braided hose fabrication business at the location after the company acquired the business last year to complement other product lines.