Advanced Energy

TREK, INC. manufacturing facility in Lockport.

TREK, an Advanced Energy Company, outgrew its facility in Medina, NY. The electronic instruments maker – whose global customers are primarily from the electrophotography, semiconductor and research industries – faced an inefficient manufacturing flow. The machine shop was cramped. Power restrictions were surfacing and the ability to build larger products was stifled. After acknowledging the need for a headquarters relocation, leaders resolved to prime the new facility for operational success. They contacted the University at Buffalo to obtain “far superior” expertise in optimal layout design than was possible with internal resources strapped for time. With aid of a State University of New York grant that provides technical assistance to companies – the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program – work completed by an Industrial and Systems Engineering professor and students impacted the decision to lease part of the former Harrison Radiator building in Lockport. The UB team’s thorough approach and flexibility were so impressive that university resources and SPIR were tapped for another project, this time helping to determine the future location and facility layout of subsidiary supplier Torrent EMS.