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By Julian Gill

Quality Industries opens new plant near Peterbilt

Quality Industries, a precision metal fabrication company, recently opened an 86,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 1550 N. Western Blvd., roughly 2 1/2 miles from Peterbilt Motors Co.’s manufacturing plant on Airport Road.

Peterbilt is one of the company’s primary customers. During a grand-opening ceremony Wednesday morning, Quality Industries President and CEO Warren Hayslip said the company wanted to cultivate its longstanding relationship with the truck manufacturer, which has its headquarters in Denton.

The company also saw an opportunity to expand into other markets, he said.

“We decided to expand our footprint here in the Denton area so we can be closer and have more resources to do the kind of work we need to with Peterbilt,” he said. “This investment in Denton is part of our growing strategy to be a larger player in the United States.”

The company already had built an 18,000-square-foot assembly plant near Peterbilt’s facility in 2011, but Hayslip said it was too small.

The new facility has about 34 employees, as well as state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment. According to Chris Fann, the company’s senior vice president of operations, the anchor of the facility is a $1.4 million laser punch combination machine, which basically punches small holes into metal.

“It gives us new technology, and it allows us to make products here — where [before] we were making it in Tennessee and then sending them out here,” Fann said. “It’s a major investment and a staple for this facility.”

Leon Handt, the assistant general manager of operations at Peterbilt, also spoke at the ceremony to welcome the new addition to the city’s manufacturing hub.

“If you look up and down Airport Road, Western Boulevard and [U.S. Highway] 380, you can see all the businesses that have moved here to support Peterbilt,” Handt said. “We couldn’t be more proud to have Quality Industries become a part of that team and become a part of the local supply base here.”

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6845 and via Twitter at @juliangillmusic.