Just-in-Time Manufacturing Plant

Photo of Athena's just-in-time manufacturing plant

Positive industry response to machines and service prompted the building of a 155,000 square foot just-in-time manufacturing plant to deliver built-to-order machines in record time.

This unique building opened in 2016 and provides an energy-efficient and automated infrastructure. It features geothermal cooling and heating, daylight-harvesting LED lighting, automated high-density part storage, and state-of-the-art inspection equipment.

The new plant allows us to

  • Ship more machines
  • More efficiently customize and fully test machines
  • Assemble higher-tonnage machines
  • Showcase LIGHTSOUTâ„¢ plant engineering services

Building features:

  • Generous skylights
  • Geothermal cooling and heating
  • Motion activated LED lighting
  • Low-maintenance landscaping
  • Dedicated area for mold trials and extended runs
  • Quality control lab with state-of-the-art inspection equipment
  • Automated high-density part storage system
  • High efficiency resin conveying and drying systems
  • Dedicated chillers for each machine testing station
  • Health-conscious cafeteria with landscaped outdoor patio


The mold trial and extended run area is supported by high-efficiency resin conveying and drying systems, as well as dedicated chillers for each machine.