The German parent of Reiloy Westland is consolidating its headquarters in Massachusetts into its Wichita facility.
Dave Larson, president of Reiloy Westland, said Tuesday that Reifenhauser will move the three or four jobs at its Danvers, Mass., office to Wichita.
Reiloy Westland, 1735 S. Maize Road, makes parts and equipment for plastic extrusion machinery. Reifenhauser bought Westland in November. Reiloy is one of Reifenhauser’s subsidiaries.
Larson said that move is more significant than just the few jobs involved. It signals the confidence the company has in the Wichita operation.
“The real key is the fact of what it conveys about Reifenhauser’s confidence in those of us in Wichita,” Larson said. “They could have easily moved us to Boston. When they bought us, they told me that they don’t care about the equipment, they want our people. They saw our work ethic and liked what they saw.”
Westland had 48 jobs when it was sold. Business has been good since then, Larson said, and the company has added four workers. And it expects to add three or four more soon.
With the headquarters move, Reiloy Westland will soon have grown by 10 to 12 jobs, he said.