RE: [rp-ml] Headed to South Carolina; 3D Systems is moving its HQ...

From: David K. Leigh (
Date: Tue Nov 08 2005 - 19:49:30 EET

Relocation of 3D Systems has been a topic since they purchased DTM. It did
not make since for a company the size of 3D to operate 3 major plants in
Valencia, Grand Junction, and Austin.

The first step was to consolidate all business and sales operations to
Valencia. They then consolidated all equipment and service to Grand
Junction. For those of us near Austin, that seemed an odd choice due to the
level of expertise in the Austin area and its reputation for a highly
skilled workforce. In the end, Austin was shut down and a small office was
retained. There was more at work in the decision to keep Grand Junction
then maybe some may have been aware of.

With new management, cost cutting is always a goal and the operation of a
business in southern California is very hard to justify. Arizona, New
Mexico, and Texas have been the traditional beneficiaries of a migration of
businesses out of California. 3D management has been looking at relocation
from the beginning. Many in the industry probably felt Austin was a logical
step to move some of the operations. The satellite office there has moved
back into the DTM building and there is a relationship with the Univ. of
Texas regarding SLS.

There is no doubt that South Carolina will be inexpensive and there is an
educated workforce nearby in Raleigh/Durham area. It probably boiled down
to the familiarity of the current management group with that area.

David K. Leigh (254)933-1000
Harvest Technologies fax(254)298-0125
Rapid Prototyping Services

-----Original Message-----
From: Rose & Crangle, Ltd. []
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 8:43 AM
To: 'James P. Harrison';
Subject: RE: [rp-ml] Headed to South Carolina; 3D Systems is moving its

Why? I didn't see it coming ... The founders were committed to their
current locations. I guess I'm out of touch. Does this mean the
current boss likes Charlotte? Any return on "investment" for such a
move will take years.

Bob Crangle

Rose & Crangle, Ltd
117 N. 4th Street, PO Box 285
Lincoln, KS 67455

785 524 5050 (fax 3130)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of James P. Harrison
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 7:17 AM
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] Headed to South Carolina; 3D Systems is moving its

I think we all saw this one coming. No surprises here.


James P. Harrison
Pembroke Pines, FL.

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In a message dated 05-11-07 15:56:08 EST, Elaine Hunt writes:

 Valencia Firm Headed to South Carolina
 3D Systems combining local and Colorado locations.


 3D Systems Corporation, a leading provider of rapid 3-D printing,
 prototyping and manufacturing solutions, announced Thursday that it
will be
 consolidating its Valencia and Grand Junction, Colo., facilities into a
 major headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C.

 Currently headquartered in Valencia, company officials have cited a
 of reasons for the move, including increased profits, cost reductions,
 expansion requirements and growth projections.

 "The decision to move to the greater Charlotte area was made after an
 extensive and thorough review of a number of locations and a variety of
 operating and strategic factors," Abe Reichental, 3D Systems' president
 CEO, said in a statement. "(These factors) include meeting our growth
 expansion requirements within a business-friendly environment,
 sustained operating-cost reductions in a competitive region of the
 improving employee development and recruitment costs and employee
 by becoming an employer of choice in the Charlotte region, and locating
 closer proximity to our customers, partners and suppliers."

 Reichental added that the company expects to realize facilities and
 operating-cost savings in excess of $2.5 million per year beginning in

 The estimated pre-tax cost of this relocation and consolidation should
 in the range of $8 to $10 million, Reichental said. "We currently
expect to
 incur approximately $1.3 million of these total estimated expenses in
 fourth quarter of 2005 and the balance of these costs in 2006," he

 The move will affect the 145 employees of the Valencia and Grand
 facilities, but how much is uncertain. Reichental said many of the
 employees will move with the company to the new headquarters.
 However, some will inevitably be unable to make the move.

 The company intends to establish an initial base of operations in Rock
 and commence local operations there before the end of 2005. The move is

 expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2006.

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