Charles Ross & Son Co., a 173-year-old Long Island maker of industrial mixers and blenders, has opened a new 20,000-square-foot, $2 million manufacturing facility in the Chakan MIDC industrial area of Pune, India, the company said.

The closely held manufacturer of specialized mixers and blenders to make pharmaceuticals, foods, cosmetics, batteries, inks and coatings inaugurated the new building on July 14 to replace a nearby facility. The new plant sits on 2.5 acres, providing space to double the plant's square footage, application engineer Christine Banaszek said.

The new facility will not affect employment or operations at the company's plant in Deer Park and its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Hauppauge, Banaszek said.

The company has 350 employees worldwide, including more than 50 on Long Island and 40 in India.

In addition to the India facility, seven other Ross facilities are located around the United States and China.

"We're expanding all over Asia," said Joseph Martorana, vice president of corporate operations. "The Asian region is booming."

The company was founded in 1842 by Charles Ross, a Rochester mechanic, and his brother John, a baker, who began selling milling equipment, Banaszek said. John died in the Civil War fighting for the Confederacy, but Charles, who fought for the Union, resumed the business after the war.

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The company, originally family-owned, introduced an employee stock ownership plan in 1999, and says it is now employee owned.

Charles Ross generates more than $60 million in annual revenue, Martorana said.