25 Years of Growth and Innovation at Schmalz Inc.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
by: Mark Westphal

Section: Press Releases

In 1998, Schmalz, Inc. was just starting its operations in Raleigh, NC in a 2,000 sq. ft. building with a handful of employees. Since then, the company’s headquarters has grown 50 times that size to 100,000 sq. ft. with plans to expand even further to 140,000 sq. ft. Twenty five years later, this expanded space is filled with 118 employees who are committed to the Schmalz mission of innovation and continuing to develop products that support customer needs.

Dr. Volker Schmitz joined Schmalz Inc. as President in 2007 and under his leadership the company has seen many years of accelerated growth. The company revenue has increased fifteenfold since the U.S. operation began.

“We are grateful for 25 years of success and innovation in the vacuum automation and ergonomic handling solutions industry and are looking forward to continued growth thanks to our trusted partners and customers ongoing support." Dr. Volker Schmitz.
Now a staple of the Raleigh community, Schmalz Inc. employees prioritize giving back to the community. Schmalz reinvests 8% of annual revenues every year into hiring and training apprentices, co-op students and paid interns and are proud members of the North Carolina Triangle Apprentice Program. Many of these apprentices are now full-time Schmalz employees.

The company also has regular fundraising drives to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, InterAct and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. One of the causes most important to the employees of Schmalz Inc. is Smile More Complain Less, which was founded in honor of Schmalz employee Nick Vanhoy who battled osteosarcoma.
Schmalz aims to maintain its double-digit growth rate in Raleigh and continue supporting the productivity and automation enhancements that drive some of the most prominent U.S. manufacturers and American e-commerce retailers. Schmalz is the global leader in vacuum automation products, robotic end of arm vacuum gripper tools, material handling ergonomic lift assist manipulators and CNC vacuum clamping tools. The organization is a third generation, family-owned company based in Germany and with a history dating back over 109 years.

About Schmalz
Schmalz is the global market leader in vacuum industrial automation and ergonomic material handling solutions. The wide range of products in the Vacuum Automation unit includes individual components such as suction cups and vacuum generators, as well as complete robotic gripping systems and clamping solutions for holding workpieces, for example in CNC machining centers. The Handling Systems unit offers innovative ergonomic handling solutions with vacuum lifters, servo hoists and workstation crane systems for industrial material handling applications. The intelligent energy saving solutions make production and logistics processes more flexible, productive and efficient, while also preparing them for the increasing trend toward digitalization. For more information, visit our website at www.schmalz.com.