To support its growth, VMI is pleased to announce the moving of its headquarters and its plant to new buildings, located in Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay in the Marches de Bretagne business park, of the Terres de Montaigu borough council.
MODERN and optimized PREMISES
The new modern, optimized premises offer a significantly improved work surface to adapt to VMI’s business. Dominique Denoël, CEO of VMI, commented on this key step for the Company: “This removal is part of an ambitious company-wide project initiated in 2015. Over the last two years, this project was conducted at an exceptional pace, since the building phase per se only lasted 8 months. Opening a new plant marks a major, symbolic step in our development process.”
A tailor-made construction
The infrastructure available include four identical, 24-metre wide, production halls, each equipped with either 2 x 10-tonne or 2 x 5-tonne overhead cranes, with a hook height of 8.5 m, that will let us assemble very large size equipment, to cope with the evolution in the market requirements.
The overall production area will cover 13,000 square metres (140,000 square feet), with 3 major architectural principles:
- the rationalization of flows,
- the modularity of spaces,
- significant extension capabilities.
That will allow us to anticipate the organic growth of the Company, the development of its markets and the support to its customers.
VMI’s Research and Skill Centre will have 700 sqm (7,500 square feet) at its disposal and benefit from optimum conditions to continue and develop projects with its partners – whether industrialists, suppliers or university labs.
A significant change for the 225 employees
The company has therefore left its historical flagship in Montaigu, where it had set up in 1960, and, without interrupting business, organized an exceptionally fast, though gradual, transfer of its production tool. No less than 200 lorries transferred 6,000 pallets and 1,000 cardboard boxes in under two weeks. As it will remain close to Montaigu, VMI will continue capitalizing on the skills and engagement of its 225 employees, and will remain an active member of the entrepreneurial community of the Vendée region, where success and excellence meet.
The whole staff discovered on 28 August what is now its new production tool. After a friendly breakfast and aerial shots, a tour was organized to show the VMI employees their new plant and their new workspaces.
Discover below the timelapse of VMI’s new premises construction: