OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Intersystems broke ground recently on an expansion of their Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., facility located on Highway 133 near Rainwood Road.

Construction of the 60,000-square-foot addition will begin immediately, with completion scheduled for January 2012. The company expects the cost of the expansion and additional manufacturing equipment to top $10 million.

Intersystems designs and manufactures material handling, sampling and weighing equipment used in grain, feed and processing facilities. The company moved from their former Millard locations into a new 140,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in northwest Omaha in 2009. The expansion of that new facility is necessary to meet the increased worldwide demand for their products.

"This expansion will allow us to increase our capacity and maintain short lead times that are critical to our customers," said Tom Schroeder, president and chief operating officer. "Intersystems has developed a reputation for providing high quality engineered products with industry-leading delivery times. It is critical that we continue to make the appropriate investments to ensure availability of our products."

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition to the facility, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman commented, "Nebraskans can be proud of our business climate and skilled workforce that has contributed to this company realizing a 63% sales growth in 2010. The growth and success of Intersystems is a great example of how our state continues to move forward."

Continued worldwide growth in demand for food has spurred Intersystems growth. Domestic demand has been strong, while international opportunities continue to grow at a rapid pace. 40% of Intersystems volume is shipped internationally. Earlier this year the company opened a sales office in Ukraine to service the growing market there and in Russia. A wide variety of international markets will continue to provide growth opportunities for the company.

Intersystems President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Schroeder citied the company's skilled and dedicated work force as a key to the company's growth. This expansion will allow for continued opportunities for Intersystems current and future Omaha workforce.