"Bauer is the largest player globally in the area of high-pressure compressors," says company President Tony Bayat.
"You have to have expertise and technology to do high-pressure compressors."
Bauer's parent company, Bauer Comp Holding
in Munich, Germany, manufactures the equipment the Norfolk plant uses to build compressor systems for specific purposes.
Specialties include breathing air compressors used in diving, fire and rescue operations, industry and the military.
Breathing air compressors represent "about 70 percent of our market share worldwide," Bayat
The Norfolk facility is Bauer's
largest manufacturing plant outside of Germany.
One of the company's growth areas is compressed natural gas.
Often used in fleet vehicles, natural gas is starting to gain momentum with consumers.
"That is a growing niche," Bayat
"That is going to be a driver for us.
Another driver is industrial applications, crash test labs, non-lethal weapons such as paint ball, wind tunnel testing and offshore drilling for oil and gas."
The company is expanding its Norfolk facilities, adding 18,000 square feet to its manufacturing area and almost doubling its office space with the addition of 13,000 square feet.
The design-build project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
"Then we will be maxed out space-wise," Bayat