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Vending Machine Manufacturer Expands With High-Tech Tools In Business-Friendly West Virginia County

Posted On: 11/11/2013

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TAGS: vending machine manufacturer, Automated Merchandising Systems, door-folding machine, AMS West Virginia factory, Petersen Machinery, Cidan Machinery, Jefferson County Development Authority, JCDA Burr Business Park, Roy Steeley, Sharon Shull, John Reisenweberg

Automated Merchandising Systems KEARNEYSVILLE, WV -- Automated Merchandising Systems has installed a door-folding machine (pictured at right) that holds tools on two faces of a rotating beam to permit continuous folding without the need for tool changes and the "start-and-stop" bending that they require. The tool is manufactured by Petersen Machinery (Götene, Sweden) and sold and serviced in the United States by Cidan Machinery (Peachtree City, GA). It not only improves production efficiency, but also is said to provide more consistent bending and, thus, more reliable products.

The Jefferson County Development Authority reports that the folding machine was purchased as part of an AMS expansion program that recently saw the completion of a 26,000-sq.ft. enlargement of its facility at the JCDA's Burr Business Park.

AMS also has installed a new Shear Genius punch press from Finn-Power Oy (Kauhava, Finland), now a business unit of Prima Industrie S.p.A. (Collegno, Italy). A combination hydraulic turret punch press and right-angle shear, the machine accepts the user's choice of tools and can run continuously with limited human intervention.

The expansion has enabled AMS to increase both output and efficiency by enabling the manufacture and assembly of several types of vending machines at the same time and accommodating a larger workforce.

AMS manufactures three basic machine types, each offered in a range of custom configurations, and each designed and assembled with state-of-the-art materials and technology. The innovative cabinet design uses foamed-in-place insulation not only for temperature maintenance, but also to enhance the durability. Extensive parts commonality streamlines operators' spare parts inventories and facilitates changing the configuration quickly when location needs require it. All AMS venders feature the latest version of the company's patented Sensit guaranteed delivery system, the positive vend verification circuitry that got the first AMS vender off to a fast start.

Founded in 1997 by renowned vending industry innovator Roy Steeley and current company president Sharon Shull, the privately owned manufacturing firm also has operations in Guadalajara, Mexico. It employs approximately 100 people.

From its West Virginia location, just 45 minutes from Dulles airport and minutes from Interstate 81, AMS distributes its products internationally through 30 distributors in Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

"Jefferson County offers a business-friendly climate and a strategic mid-Atlantic location," said John Reisenweber, executive director of the JCDA. "Our proximity to I-81 and Dulles Airport, coupled with the nation's fourth-lowest cost of doing business, make us an attractive choice for companies with international distributors, such as AMS."

Headquartered in the Burr Business Park, the JCDA provides a larger and more diverse tax base for Jefferson County. The organization advances economic development, supports existing businesses and stimulates and promotes industrial, commercial and agricultural expansion.

Burr Business Park is a prime 380-acre small business development located between Charles Town and Martinsburg. It is divided by the new four-lane Route 9, which connects to Interstate 81 and US 340. Forty "shovel-ready" lots are currently available, with utilities provided to the property line. The park includes retail, public service, government, restaurant, commercial and industrial space, and is home to almost 60 businesses including AMS, Schonstedt Instrument Co. and DALB Inc.