Red Lion Controls opens Alabama facilityJim T. Ryan
York County-based Red Lion Controls Inc. has opened a facility in Mobile, Ala.
The 19,700-square-foot replacement facility is for its N-Tron Corp. subsidiary to manufacture industrial Ethernet products, and it will employ more than 60 people, according to the company. The facility has room to expand production and employment in the future.
N-Tron's Ethernet switches are used in communication and control systems for the oil and gas, energy production, manufacturing, transportation and water utility industries, according to the company.
Red Lion acquired N-Tron in 2010 to augment its electronic-control production for industrial automation technologies. Both companies have been expanding steadily since then. In November, Red Lion added about 25 percent capacity to its circuit board production lines to meet the needs of N-Tron contracts.
A month earlier, Red Lion acquired New York-based Sixnet, a similar electronics and control systems company, for $72 million.
Manchester Township-based Red Lion is a subsidiary of Spectris, an English provider of industrial controls, networking and other solutions for manufacturers. Spectris' shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SXS.