Nov 18, 2020
#AViewFrom Henkel North America: Richmond, MO
Did you know that Henkel North America employs approximately 9,000 employees in over 70 sites across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico? Collectively, these sites manage three business units: Adhesives Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care.
Our #AViewFrom series will feature select locations, sharing information and facts about our sites across Henkel North America.
Henkel’s Richmond, MO site produces acoustic and structural adhesives for the automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturers) and recreational vehicle markets.
Home to over 300 employees, the 260,000+ square foot building includes four production areas: mixing, extrusion, molding, and secondary operations. Materials produced at the Richmond facility, include adhesives that provide structural reinforcement to vehicles, while sealing out water or noise and reducing vibration.
The facility was originally constructed by sealants manufacturer – Orbseal – which was founded in 1983. In 2004, Henkel acquired Orbseal and the Richmond site officially became part of Henkel. Currently, the Richmond site is the only Henkel-owned North American parts manufacturing location supplying the OEM automotive market.
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“Automotive reliability requirements are among the most stringent of any industry, and there is no room for error,” explains Ryan Steinhaus, Director of Plant Operations. “Our products are found inside steel cavities and frames and, even though they aren’t visible on the outside of the car or in the cabin, rest assured they are making your driving experience more enjoyable.”
IN THE COMMUNITY:
Richmond employees engage in many community-based activities, including annual involvement in the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.
The Richmond site also participated in Manufacturing Day 2020, where they hosted local high school students for a virtual tour and Q&A session with site leaders. Manufacturing Day, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers, is an annual event, that serves to educate and inspire the next generation of Manufacturers.
Patrick Stock, Quality Engineer, discusses the importance of metrology, or the science of measurement, at the Richmond facility. Through a series of precise scanning and measurement, the Richmond team can be confident that they are providing the highest level of quality assurance to their customers.