Component specialist, Meritor, will consolidate its North American remanufacturing operations and create a 'centre of excellence' in Plainfield, Indiana, the company announced last week.
The US-based business expects to transfer production operations from its remanufacturing plant in Mississauga, Canada by March 2013. At the same time, it plans to move Canadian customer service and support to its Brampton, Ontario facility.
As a result of these actions, Meritor plans to invest approximately $1.4 million in its Plainfield facility while creating approximately 82 new jobs during 2012 and 2013. The company has already invested more than $8 million in process upgrades to its global operations in the past five years, including $2.7 million earlier this year in new equipment for its Plainfield plant, which remanufactures commercial vehicle components while preserving raw materials.
“We believe this investment will help us improve efficiency while better serving our customers in today’s competitive landscape,” said Doug Wolma, General Manager, Global Aftermarket Operations. “At the same time, this move will strengthen our global remanufacturing footprint.”
Meritor’s global remanufacturing operations include eight sites in five countries producing a substantial portfolio of drivetrain and wheel-end components. More than 30,000 tonnes of metal are recycled annually in Meritor’s remanufacturing operations worldwide, and the company recycles 90 per cent of all waste from its operations. More than 40,000 tonnes of cores, or original components, are processed at Meritor remanufacturing facilities annually.