Owatonna factory expansion, investment in technology and automation will increase production, provide local job opportunities
Owatonna, Minn., June 21, 2016 – Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, will break ground at its Cybex facility in Owatonna, Minn., on June 28, to make way for a 150,000-square-foot expansion. The addition comes after Cybex was acquired by Life Fitness’ parent company, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), in January 2016.
Scheduled for completion in December 2016, the expanded facility will total 490,000 square feet. The expansion, coupled with an investment in automation and technology, will dramatically increase the facility’s overall manufacturing capacity to support the continued growth in the fitness industry.
“The expansion to the Cybex facility in Owatonna is the latest project in our endeavor to increase global product and capacity for all Life Fitness brands,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “The Owatonna facility is well positioned to support the expansion, and we’re excited to bring more space and advanced technology to enhance both our facility and the employee experience.”
The Cybex Owatonna facility has been a part of the community for nearly a decade; and the expansion is expected to create more than 100 job opportunities over the next year in disciplines such as welding, fabrication, powder coat painting and assembly. Additionally, the expansion project will utilize Minnesota-based contractors and architects to invest further in the state’s economy.
The City of Owatonna approved a tax increment financing (TIF) agreement to help facilitate project construction. Life Fitness has also applied for the job creation fund award from the state of Minnesota, which will allow the company to earn incentives as new jobs are created.
“We’re eager to get started on the facility’s expansion and are looking forward to growing with the community,” said John Champa, senior director of manufacturing operations at Cybex. “With the addition of tube lasers, robotic weld cells and two state-of-the-art paint lines, we’re expecting to more than double the facility’s current production capacity.”
Currently, the Cybex Owatonna factory produces more than 200 varieties of high-end commercial fitness products, including strength machines and the popular Cybex Arc Trainer.
Life Fitness also has factories in Ramsey, Minn.; Franklin Park, Ill.; Falmouth, Ky.; Tulsa, Okla.; Bristol, Wisc.; Delavan, Wisc.; Medway, Mass. and Kiskoros, Hungary. Life Fitness is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.
About Cybex International, Inc.
For over 45 years, Cybex International, Inc., a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and part of the Life Fitness brand family, has been a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment. The Cybex product line, which includes a full range of strength, cardio and service solutions is designed to be aesthetically striking, innovative in design, durable in structure, biomechanically correct – and most importantly – truly helpful to everyone from first-time gym members to professional athletes. Led by the Cybex Research Institute, Cybex is fiercely committed to real results and meaningful innovations delivered through a devotion to excellence and a dedication to science. Cybex designs and builds its products in the USA for a wide range of facilities, from commercial health clubs to home gyms, in more than 85 countries worldwide. For more information on Cybex and its products, visit the company’s website at http://www.cybexintl.com or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment, productive well-being equipment, billiards tables and accessories, and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, SCIFIT, InMovement and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). For more information, visit www.lifefitness.com.
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine, BLA and Bell RPG parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray and Uttern; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex and SCIFIT fitness equipment; InMovement products and services for productive well-being; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit http://www.brunswick.com.