Wacker Neuson has opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution center in Norton Shores, Mich. Conveniently located just outside of Muskegon, the new facility is responsible for manufacturing the climate control product line and assembly of light towers as well as serves as the distribution hub for the new compact equipment line.
New facility facts:
- 168,000 square feet
- 37-acre site
Products: hydronic heaters, indirect fired heaters, heat exchangers, air movers, dehumidifiers, light towers
Wacker Neuson Corp. has opened its new climate control facility in Norton Shores, Mich. The newly constructed 168,500-square-foot building offers a more efficient, higher volume production of the company's heaters, dehumidifiers, and light towers used in the construction and restoration industries. Sitting on a 37-acre parcel, the new facility features plenty of space to meet current as well as future demand, allowing for expansion while keeping everything related to climate control under one roof.
Wacker Neuson Corp,, Menomonee Falls, Wisc., purchased the Spring Lake, Mich., based Ground Heaters operation in 2006. This new state-of-the-art facility is located just two miles from the previous manufacturing facility. "A primary consideration for locating the new building so close to the existing facility was to utilize our talented workforce," says Ed Jaroszewicz, director of climate control for Wacker Neuson. "Their experience and dedication was critical to our success and well be essential to our future growth."
Wacker Neuson is using a Focus Factory model to develop two "factories" within the new manufacturing facility. One factory will produce climate control products and the second will be used to assemble light towers. This unique manufacturing concept merges all aspects of the production process into a single area of concentration. The new "factory" is then further divided into a series of production stations. Every employee on the line will know the process at each station, so the worker can move with the product from start to finish. Wacker Neuson started the Focus Factory manufacturing process in 1995 and has realized significant gains. As a result, lead times have been significantly reduced as have inventory levels, leading to a shorter lead time for the customer.
The bottom line benefit for our customer is a firm commitment from Wacker Neuson to increase production, minimize backorders and improve lead times. "Our goal is to ensure quality equipment is available when our customers need it," says Jaroszewicz.
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