Nearly a thousand industry partners, government officials, and Viega personnel gathered on April 21 for the official grand opening of Viega’s 439,000-sq-ft manufacturing and distribution center in McPherson, Kan.

The event kicked off in at 10:00 a.m. when Viega Chief Executive Officer Dan Schmierer welcomed guests. Joining Schmierer on stage were Viega owners, Heinz-Bernd Viegener and Walter Viegener, and newly elected McPherson Mayor Tom Brown.

“We have three reasons to celebrate. Our 110-year global presence in Germany, our 10 years in North America and today’s grand opening,” Heinz-Bernd Viegener said.

Viega GmbH & Co. KG (Viega), headquartered in Attendorn, Germany, has been providing plumbing and heating solutions to builders, contractors, and wholesalers for 110 years. Viega is a family-owned business that employs 500 employees in North America and approximately 2,800 people worldwide. Approximately 210 of Viega’s North American employees work at the new facility in McPherson.

Equipped with extrusion and injection-molding machines and logistics and office space, the new facility will help streamline operations, improve efficiency, and provide Viega employees with the space to develop new products. Soon, 22 states throughout the Midwest will receive all Viega products from this location.