Sonnax Acquires New R&D Center
A third facility recently joined Sonnax headquarters and distribution centers in Bellows Falls, Vt. On July 7, the employee-owned company purchased a former manufacturing space located only a quarter mile from existing Sonnax sites to house the company’s research and development teams.
“I am very excited to have the room to expand”, said Sonnax Senior Vice President of Development Steve Jaussaud. “We continue to grow, and have been getting tight on space. This facility will help us establish a great R&D center suited to our diverse product lines. As an engineering-driven company, this will allow Sonnax to become even better at product development and meeting our customer’s needs.”
The newly acquired building at 10 Spencer Drive in Bellows Falls contains 26,000 sq. feet of open space that will become the new home of the Sonnax engineering, product line management and technical support teams. The site will be completely renovated in the coming months to accommodate dedicated shop, testing and quality control areas, plus office space for approximately 35 employees. Space currently used in other Sonnax buildings for these activities will be freed up to accommodate growth in other areas of the company.
The building was sold to Sonnax by Chroma Technology Corp., an employee-owned manufacturer of interference filters located near Sonnax headquarters. Prior to Chroma’s ownership, Woodlan Machine operated out of 10 Spencer Drive for nearly 30 years. The shop has long provided machining services to Sonnax, and continues to do so out of a smaller, nearby facility.