The Grove City branch of an international corporation will bring 55 new jobs to town this year. Switzerland-based Kern International, which manufactures and sells mail inserting systems, is expanding its Grove City branch off Gantz Road.

The Grove City branch of an international corporation will bring 55 new jobs to town this year. Switzerland-based Kern International, which manufactures and sells mail inserting systems, is expanding its Grove City branch off Gantz Road.

The local arm of the corporation will become the only one of its U.S. facilities to manufacture mailing systems, said company spokesman Ryan McManis.

"We're transitioning from a sales and service division to actually a manufacturer of equipment," he said.

The new A1-Class machine will be the world's fastest mail inserter once it is launched in April, according to Kern officials.

"It will definitely be a standout in our industry," McManis said. "April will be the official launch, so that we're starting to take orders. By mid-year, we'll be starting to produce things domestically."

The company demonstrated the new machine at a trade show in November, which generated a lot of interest because America is the biggest market for direct mail marketing in the world, he said.

"We're driven by technology that is demanded by the U.S. customers," McManis said. "We came across this technology and we were able to acquire it and turn it into a commercially viable product."

Kern chose to bring some of its manufacturing to the United States because of the dollar's current low value relative to world currencies, McManis said.

"It makes these products cheaper for our customers in the U.S. versus buying them with the euro."

Kern moved its local facility to Grove City from south Columbus in 2007 and will expand into existing warehouse space next door to its current location.

"It's kind of an exciting time for Kern right now," McManis said. "We're finishing getting some equipment put into our warehouse so we're ready for production this year."

Kern will seek a variety of skill sets in its new employees. "We're going to employ engineers, designers, assembly workers - really spanning all the way from management to parts and inventory as well as sales and service."

The jobs will be added gradually, rather than all at once, and will be advertised on well-known job-hunting sites and at kerncan.com, McManis said.