Atlas Copco has produced its first piece of equipment, an XAS 185 portable air compressor, at its new production facility in Rock Hill, S.C. Construction on the new facility began in Jan. 2016, and includes lean manufacturing features to enable efficient and flexible processes that are sustainable for the environment.

Atlas Copco plans to produce a range of machines including generators and stationary air compressors at the new plant.

“We have a continued commitment to the U.S. market,” said Scott Carnell, Atlas Copco U.S. president. “This commitment is more than our ongoing innovations in equipment design. It also involves being close to our customers, and our new facility helps us achieve that.”

Atlas Copco built the facility to enhance its support for the North American construction market. The 180,000-square-foot plant is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified and serves as the production and assembly facility for Atlas Copco’s North American Construction Technique division. Several Atlas Copco team members commemorated the event by signing the compressor as it exited the production line.

Atlas Copco’s new building is in one of Rock Hill's newest mixed-use developments, Riverwalk Business Park, and replaces the company’s original facility in Rock Hill.