HID to centralize U.S. operations in Austin, Tex.
HID Global will consolidate much of its U.S. operations, including manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and customer service in a single 200,000 sq. ft. facility located in Austin, Tex.
By centralizing operations, HID anticipates it will experience cost reductions and a faster time to market for new products, says Kevin Teehan, Enterprise Optimization, Senior Director. By locating close to the geographical centre of the U.S., “we can go from East coast to West coast more quickly than we can separated across multiple locations,” he adds. Austin was also chosen for its reputation for technology development and its proximity to prestigious universities and technical training centres. HID was also offered state-supported financial incentives to move operations into Texas.
As a result of the new centre, several of HID’s existing locations will be closed; others will be reduced to engineering-only facilities. “Some positions will be offered relocation to the new location and other positions will not,” says Teehan, adding that the company has notified community leaders within the affected areas that they can expect the facilities to close at a future date.
HID is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Once the Austin centre opens, some key positions will be relocated there, including personnel from top and middle level management.
Construction for the Austin facility will begin early next year and the company will begin local recruiting efforts in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Teehan says there is currently is no impact to Canadian or Latin American HID operations. Once the centre is up and running, the company will examine its options. “Any good company is going to have a strategy for the future, so at that point we would re-evaluate.”