CIMC Intermodal Equipment (CIMC IE) celebrated the opening of a new facility in South Gate, California, in the US last month.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event was reported to be attended by more than 50 key customers, suppliers and Board members.
The site expansion, according to CIMC IE, added over 50,00 square feet (4,645 square metres) under roof and another 50,000 plus square feet of additional parking space to accommodate the OEM’s growing North American intermodal business. The new building houses offices for purchasing, human relations, finance and accounting, logistics, sales support and key executives.
Additionally, CIMC IE has added, with this expansion, a new educational training centre, parts PDC and chassis showroom with a central product gallery.
“CIMC is unique in having an indoor showroom that offers visitors a clean and uncluttered area in which to view new container chassis,” said CIMC IE CEO, Frank Sonzala.
The additional space has reportedly allowed CIMC IE to improve and re-organise the legacy facility in South Gate to update and enlarge all offices, employee facilities and operations. A modern, fully-outfitted IT department was added along with a technical centre training room and new production support offices. The CIMC IE parts department doubled in size and re-designed production lines can now produce a hundred 53’ chassis and a hundred marine and various other stock chassis per shift.