In May 2013, Britax USA opened its new headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina—about 15 miles south of its former facilities in Charlotte, NC. Why the move? For one thing, the PTC Creo customer needed more space to grow and explore ideas.
“This new facility offers us the opportunity to expand and enhance our work environment,” says Jon Chamberlain, president of Britax Child Safety. “The new, open floor plan fosters collaboration and innovation in product development –enabling us to bring the best products to our customers.”
The company invested $26 million in its new building where it now employs about 250 people, many of them assembling Britax car seats by hand. By using humans, among them actual Moms and Dads, instead of robots, Britax ensures products are built conscientiously. That’s important to the company as it aims to create the most reliable, attractive, and comfortable child safety products on the market.
People who have seen the new facility say the crash dynamics lab is the most impressive stop on the tour, calling it both eye opening and reassuring. This is where Britax tests products under high impact conditions. “For someone like me who was in a car accident years ago when my daughter was young, seeing the test was an oxymoron for nostalgia, fear, and at the same time, comfort,” writes mommy blogger Maricris of Zensible Mama.
Of course, we also enjoy the part of the tour that includes hanging out with the industrial designers and design engineers as well.
Now, the team at Britax invites you, via the video below, to take your own tour of the plant.