October 9, 2014
Factory expansion in Hungary to benefit international markets
ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 9, 2014 – Life Fitness, global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, has started expansion on its Kiskoros, Hungary, factory to meet solid demand for its fitness equipment products in global markets. The factory expansion, slated to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, will increase the facility by more than 50 percent for production of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength products.
“The facility expansion in Hungary became a requirement as we look to extend our leadership position in global markets,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “Once complete, the factory will give us the ability to deliver a wider array of products more quickly to our customers around the world.”
The 86,000-square-foot (7990 square meters) expansion comes after a 51 percent growth in factory production since 2011, stemming from increased market demand and additional product offerings. The expansion will provide Life Fitness the capacity to support anticipated international growth requirements, and further position the company to provide customers with greater levels of customization within standard lead times. The factory will also provide the opportunity for Life Fitness to produce additional products for the international markets not previously manufactured outside of the U.S.
“Life Fitness has been providing equipment to international markets for more than 30 years, and our business continues to grow all over the globe,” said Frank van de Ven, vice president of Life Fitness International. “The Hungary factory is in a prime, central location to best serve customers in these growing markets.”
Life Fitness began producing strength products at the Hungary facility in 2003 as a joint venture with Protokon, producer of banking and transportation equipment. Due to global demand, Life Fitness took ownership of the factory, and expanded the facility in 2006 to its current 147,000 square feet.
Life Fitness also has factories in the U.S. in Franklin Park, Illinois; Ramsey, Minnesota; Falmouth, Kentucky; and Delavan, Wisconsin. Life Fitness is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, as well as game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its well-known strength and cardiovascular equipment under its Life Fitness and Hammer Strength brands. It also offers billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the iconic Brunswick Billiards brand. Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and Brunswick Billiards equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., the company is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).