Heatcraft Refrigeration Products has announced the opening of an additional manufacturing plant next to its current location in Tifton, Ga. The new plant significantly expands the production capabilities of the company’s Tifton facility, adding 310,000 sq ft of manufacturing and 8,000 sq ft of office space.

An additional 200 jobs will also be brought to Tifton as a result of the expansion, increasing the total number of Heatcraft Refrigeration employees in Tifton to almost 500.

“The expansion of our Tifton plant is cause for celebration,” Mike Vincent, Heatcraft Refrigeration’s vice president of operations, said. “It’s a major step in the evolution of our facility and the future growth of our company. Heatcraft Refrigeration is committed to establishing and maintaining a leadership position in the commercial refrigeration market, and the magnitude of this expansion speaks to that commitment.”

The new plant includes state-of-the-art automation and robotic technology, as well as a component-testing laboratory.

“The expanded capabilities of this facility, where commercial refrigeration units are built to order for customers throughout North America, will help Heatcraft Refrigeration produce a world-class product,” Vincent said.

Environmental considerations were a key part of the expansion planning, with recycled components used in the roofing and storm drainage piping. Employees can also now move from building to building using bicycles, a move aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

“Conservation and sustainable building are important principles throughout the Lennox International family, and we’re proud of how responsibly this expansion has been carried out,” Vincent said.