Hammond Machine Works is enhancing its Region-based capabilities.
The company in late December hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for a 13,000-square-foot addition to its existing site at 5047 Columbia Ave. in Hammond.
Richard Shields, director of marketing and business development with Valparaiso-based Chester Inc., the architectural and design firm overseeing the expansion project, said work on the expansion began in early December. The building is expected to be completed by the spring.
Shields said Hammond Machine Works, a machining and metal fabrication specialist, plans to install a specialized laser cutting machine, which will allow it to provide faster response times and quicker deliveries to its customers.
Hammond Machine Works Inc. launched in 1908 and serves the rail car industry. The company provides precision machining, tooling, metal fabrication, assembly and finishing, and supporting engineering services.
According to news reports, the company, which employs about 55 people in Hammond, is investing about $4 million into the project and may create between five and 10 new jobs. The firm also operates a facility in Texas.