Energy Panel Structures (EPS) is expanding with the addition of a new (SIP) Structural Insulated Panels manufacturing plant located at its Fingerlakes Construction facility in Clyde, New York. The plant is about 10,000 sq. ft. and includes a state-of-the-art automated CNC machine from Weinman Manufacturing in Germany. Additional equipment will be used for laminating, cutting and prefabbing the panels. The plant will be completed in May with plans to be in full production by early June. At that point, the plant is expected to produce 1.5 million sq. ft. of panels annually.
“We have been manufacturing SIPs at our Iowa location for over 20 years,” said Chris Spaeth, Vice President of Sales for EPS. “We can now provide SIPs from the New York facility to accommodate our growing customer base in the New England and eastern states. SIPs are recognized for their high performance as a building package for those customers who want an energy-efficient home, ag or commercial building.”
Structural insulated panels are known for their energy-efficiency and are a proven building product. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between oriented strand board (OSB). The panels are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design resulting in a building that is extremely strong, energy-efficient and cost effective.
EPS has a corporate office in Graettinger, Iowa and was established in 1981 as a subsidiary of MacArthur Company. Along with the Fingerlakes location, EPS has an additional manufacturing facility in Perryville, Missouri and employs over 350 at all locations. The company is employee-owned and serves all but the western and southwestern states of the U.S. through a dealer network of more than 400 independent authorized dealers.
Fingerlakes Construction (FLC) was started in 1969 and is the number one post frame builder in New York State. They manufacture complete building packages for a wide range of construction including personal garages, commercial office complexes, municipal, equestrian, agricultural, dairy facilities, post frame buildings and many other building types. There is also a construction division with company crews to assure quality construction of the building packages. FLC was purchased in April 2013 by EPS, and with the addition of the new SIP plant, employment will grow by 20 to a total of 125 employees.