Schweiss Manufacturing, a Fairfax, Minn., firm that manufactures bifold and hydraulic doors, has entered a strategic collaboration with Strojkov Engineering and AveoEngineering companies in Central Europe.
The two engineering companies, owned by American Christian Nielsen, include facilities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, India and Malaysia. “My initial conversations with Mike Schweiss ‘clicked’ for me, whereas I found the top dogs at the other door companies mostly focused on marketing hype instead of the substance of a solid company and product,” related Nielsen. “When I decided to build an airpark at the regional airport outside of Prague, Czech Republic, I designed and built the 43 hangars on this new field, all fitted with Schweiss doors of 40 to 65 feet. This project took me to many door manufacturers, always speaking personally with the CEO of each company. In the end, the trail led back to the door I knew well, Schweiss.”
Mike Schweiss views incredible opportunity for both firms. “Chris and I have reached a strategic partnership that will see us bring exciting new products in both high-tech control and safety systems plus advanced door engineering to our product line. For example the last six months we have seen intensive collaborative engineering and development work on the MasterCommand control and safety system that is a paradigm shifting advance for the door industry.”
The joint venture is already generating new ideas, Schweiss noted. “The integration of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiencies to our door product solutions will be achieved from the additional resources and expertise of GreenAir Engineering, Nielsen’s renewable energy system company that specializes in hybrid solutions of solar and wind combined,” he said, noting Schweiss will have a manufacturing footprint in the heart of Europe with the 150,000-square-foot Strojkov/Aveo production facilities.”
Paul Whittingham, EVP of AveoEngineering added, “This venture will mean a new generation of door solutions will be a reality in both the North American and European markets soon, with expansion to the Middle East and Asia the next phase of the cooperation.”