There was cause for celebration at 1901 Powis Court in West Chicago last week when the ribbon was cut for a new member of the city’s business community. Avian USA Machinery LLC, part of Avian Granulator Group is a world class manufacturer of size reduction machinery for the plastic, rubber and recycling industry, will include West Chicago as one of its global hubs.
The new Chicagoland facility will house shredding and granulating machines in its 35,000-square-foot space and will handle sales and service for customers in North America. Avian Granulator Group is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, however moved its production to Shanghai, China in 1997. It has manufacturing, service and distribution centers in Germany, Croatia, India, Russia, the Middle East, Australia and China. According to Andy Gu, Vice President of Operations at the new facility, as costs of manufacturing equipment continue to rise in China, Avian Granulator Group looked to North America for expansion.
Addressing the many dignitaries present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony which included welcome speeches by Mr. Gu and Avian Granulator Group President, Mark Miao, West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda thanked the company’s leadership for choosing West Chicago. “We will support you any way we can, and when you are ready to expand, we have a beautiful business center right across the way”, he said referring to the DuPage Business Center.
Photo: Mayor Ruben Pineda (pictured at center) assists Avian Granulator Group President Mark Miao (to Mayor’s left) and Andy Gu, Vice President of Operations at the new facility (to Mayor’s right), cut the ceremonial ribbon during a grand opening celebration on September 24, 2015. Also pictured (at left end) is Office Administrator Leticia Guzman and (at right end) Raymond Mendoza, Jr., Sales Engineer.