Global equipment specialist, SAF-Holland, is expanding its US operations in Dumas, Arkansas, with a new US$4 million (€3.67 million) facility.
At the facility, SAF-Holland manufactures trailer suspension and axle systems for US commercial vehicles including Wabash National and Great Dane trailers.
The US$4 million (€3.67 million) investment will reportedly go towards additional manufacturing and warehousing space, paint line, robotic welding cells, and other new technology and equipment.
“Our investment in Dumas will enable SAF-Holland to expand the North American business as we prepare for increasing market demand also in the mid-term,” said Bjoern Meyer – VP Operations, Americas.
“It allows SAF-Holland closer proximity to our OEM customers and enhances our level of service to our distributors and fleet customers. Ultimately, the location provides a means to expand our distribution network to not only support existing customers but result in additional customers.”
The expansion of the Dumas operations takes place in the overall context of the ongoing restructuring of the North American plant network as production is centralised and placed geographically closer to the customer base. Furthermore, SAF-Holland said the internal logistics processes are being optimised to improve lead-time responsiveness.
SAF-Holland currently employs 143 in Dumas, which will increase by over 40 per cent with approximately 65 total new positions.
“We appreciate the continued confidence SAF-Holland has in our workforce that led to this expansion,” said Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson.
“The jobs being created are the advanced manufacturing jobs that spur economic development and raise the quality of life for employees and their families.”
“We are excited to watch SAF-HOLLAND grow and succeed in Dumas,” said Mayor Johnny Brigham.
“The company has been a valued member of our business community for years, and the investment they are making in their facility here speaks volumes about the relationships they have here.”
The Dumas facility has reportedly been producing trailer suspensions in its current location since 1988.
“By expanding, we are developing our employees and resources to prepare for future worldwide market opportunities,” said Charles Swopes – Dumas Facility Plant Manager.