Link-Belt expansion

By D.Ann Shiffler27 August 2008

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Link-Belt Construction Equipment. Pictured from left: Jim Forshee, vice p

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Link-Belt Construction Equipment. Pictured from left: Jim Forshee, vice president, manufacturing, Link-Belt; Chuck Martz, president and CEO, Link-Belt; Bruce White, vice pre

Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co. in the US celebrated the completion of a 90,000 square foot (8,361 square metre) expansion to its main production facilities in Lexington, Kentucky with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Kensuke Shimizu, director of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Link-Belt’s parent company, cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the expanded facility. It contains two new production lines for shot blast, hang line painting, and the assembly and manufacturing of boom and other key components. It will reach full production later in 2008, the company said.

“The new technology we’ve added is cutting edge and the benefits will soon flow directly to our customers through better availability and higher quality,” said Chuck Martz, Link-Belt CEO.

Jim Forshee, vice president, manufacturing, said, “This new expansion incorporating state-of-the-art technology will allow us to dramatically reduce crane boom lead time while increasing capacity and improving quality. Our strategy of ‘Value Added Manufacturing’ is fully supported by this investment. This will allow us to combine all boom-manufacturing processes from fabrication to assembly into a synchronized pull system, which is a critical element of the Link-Belt production system.”

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