Nexus Corporation CEO Cheryl Longtin and President Mike Porter announced the ribbon cutting ceremony for the addition to their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pana, Ill., on Oct. 16, 2012. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by many local and state dignitaries, employees (current and retired) as well as industry and business press.
“The new facility more than doubles the footprint of our original building and will incorporate all of the latest in technological advances,” Longtin says. “Both steel and aluminum greenhouses are manufactured in the Pana plant. With the expanded space and addition of equipment, we will triple our capacity in the facility over the next two years. There will be a streamlined material flow from inventory to finished product.”
Growing In Pana
The Pana plant supplies both the Nexus and National Greenhouse product-line for Nexus customers in the Midwest and along the East Coast. National Greenhouse Company — a Division of Nexus — has been in Pana since its inception in 1919.
According to Porter, the expansion will amount to a $1 million investment. Another million dollars will be invested in the Pana facility over the next year. The building was completed on schedule and on budget.
“We are pleased to remain and grow in Pana,” Longtin says. “The City of Pana, the Pana Industrial Development Corporation and the Christian County Economic Development Corporation have worked diligently as we have grown in Pana.”
A Family Affair
In acknowledging the importance of family, Porter and Longtin, who are husband and wife in addition to business partners, asked their mother and granddaughter to cut the ribbon on the new facility.
“We recognize the value of the knowledge and experience that people like my mother-in-law Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Wright brings to our management team,” Porter says. “She has proven to be a role model for many people in her career and to her family. We know that Nexus is also looking to the future, and we will continue to grow and make changes. We know that Grace Elizabeth Gilllespie, our granddaughter, represents that always-changing role that Nexus plays in our industry.”