Whatcom County's Krause Manufacturing to move part of business to California


A longtime Whatcom County manufacturer is moving part of its business to California.

Krause Manufacturing, a division of CP Group, announced it is moving its manufacturing equipment at 6059 Guide Meridian, near W. Hemmi Road, to the main company's headquarters in San Diego. The company plans to have an office in Bellingham for its sales, engineering and parts departments.

The move is scheduled to take place July 1.

Krause was started in 1963 by Herb Krause as a steel fabrication facility, which made a variety of products, including custom agricultural equipment and recycling equipment. The company merged with CP Manufacturing in late 2004.

According to property records on the Whatcom County Auditor's website, the property has five buildings with 27,680 square feet of space.

It is unclear how many Whatcom County employees would be impacted by this move. When the company was sold in 2004, it had around 20 local employees. Officials at CP Manufacturing could not be reached for comment.

CP Manufacturing recently moved into a 120,000-square-foot facility on 12 acres of land in the San Diego area and made substantial improvements in the manufacturing process with new equipment, according to a company news release.

Krause is making the move in its 50th year in business.

"The legacy of Krause's brand and reputation for great design standards, outstanding customer service and very dependable equipment will live on in our new manufacturing location," said Mike Whitney, Krause Manufacturing vice president and general manager, in the news release.

The company's Bellingham offices will be at 316 E. McLeod Road.

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