BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The first phase in a coming expansion at a local small industry is now under way with the addition of new equipment, and plans to add 15 to 20 employees.
Right Angle Enterprises, Inc., at 111 Mimosa Drive, is a manufacturer of construction equipment that meets manufacturers' original equipment and tool and die needs.
The company is owned by Paul McAfee.
Right Angle now boasts two new large pieces of equipment that went on line in late 2012, allowing McAfee's firm to offer more services to a West Coast client, and, in the near future, to others as well, he said.
In turn, that client -- whom McAfee described as a large industrial construction supply company -- is moving jobs from overseas back to the United States.
The same client has been conducting business with Right Angle for the past three years or so, McAfee said, and has now located a portion of its business here with his company.
The uptick in activity, he explained, was largely possible because of Greeneville's convenient location within a 600-mile radius of 75 percent of the client's East Coast sales.
"In order to expand their U.S. market, they chose [Right Angle] because we do some work for them and we were willing to expand our equipment," McAfee said.
So far, the company has added a large-capacity turning center and a large-capacity horizontal machining center, both of which open opportunities for the company to machine larger components.
This equipment is part of a three-phase plan that Right Angle is undergoing to change directions, diversify, and embrace a recovering economy.
"It should help my growth by 25 percent," McAfee said. "It was a substantial investment on new equipment to help [Right Angle] advance and grow into the industrial and manufacturing side."
The owner intends to add the 15-to-20 new employees within the next 12 months.
The new employees will include welders, experienced machine operators, set-up maintenance personnel, IT personnel and office workers, he said.
The expansion reflects McAfee's growing confidence in the recovering economy and faith in the U.S. as a "manufacturing country," he added.
That faith also extends deeply into his loyalty to Greeneville, where McAfee says Right Angle will continue to be located as the company expands into a Phase Two, with either additions to the existing Mimosa Drive location, or another building altogether.
McAfee's Phase Two will include adding yet another 10 to 15 employees, and possibly up to six more machines to continue diversifying offerings.
"I believe in 'Mother Greeneville,'" he said. "I feel like Greeneville's coming back around to where we've got a lot to offer."
As for Phase Three, McAfee was not yet ready to share details on his plans but said confidentially that it, too, will be "substantial" for the company.