Austrian machinery firm builds, talks of manufacturing in Miami
By Ivan A Rodriguez
Known for its heavy machinery and cranes, Liebherr Group expects to finish construction of its newest warehouse in Hialeah Gardens and begin operations next January. Work started in March.
The Nenzing, Austria-based company has partnered with Miami Lakes-based Maco Group LLC and plans to add more than 100 jobs to the local economy.
"We estimate to have 50 to 80 people working initially, and there are talks about bringing manufacturing to the area, which could mean over 100 jobs at the long run," said Lena Hogue, president of Liebherr-America Inc.
The 40,000-square-foot facility will serve as a major hub for Liebherr and help facilitate its existing service to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The sales, service and parts distribution facility will strengthen service and parts availability from Nenzing's Liebherr for customers in the US while continuing its commitment to the US market.
"Miami is the door to the Caribbean, Central and South America, where we already conduct some business. This will give us a stronger presence and make us more efficient when delivering to these clients," said Steven Sosa, building and operations manager of Liebherr.
The site, officially called Liebherr Nenzing Crane Co., will showcase crawler cranes and foundation machines, said Mr. Sosa, adding that rentals will be facilitated and delivery time to Southeast and Caribbean regions will be reduced with this new locality in South Florida.
The new site at 138th Street and Okeechobee Road was chosen for its similarities to the headquarters in Austria.
"The landscape of the property, the shape of the land and the lake area behind is just like the Austrian facility," said Mr. Sosa.
Commercial, industrial and residential property developer Maco Group, which has built Quayside Townhouse Development, the Winds of Santa Fe Apartment development, the Spanish Villa Development and more than 4 million square feet of commercial space in South Florida, will partner with Liebherr for its operations.
"We are very excited about our partnership with Liebherr and have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with them and the City of Hialeah Gardens," commented Carlos A. Martinez, Maco president.
The Liebherr family business was established in 1949 by Hans Liebherr and now employs a workforce of 32,979 in more than 120 companies on all continents.
The company flourished after creating the first mobile, easy-to-assemble and affordable tower crane and now supplies products and services in numerous other fields.
The Liebherr Group's holding company is Liebherr-International AG in BUlle, Switzerland, which is entirely owned by members of the Liebherr family. The family business is already in the hands of the second generation and is jointly managed by Isolde Liebherr and Willi Liebherr.
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