Bob Hund, executive vice president of Manitowoc Crane Care, said opening the new facility would provide cost and time savings to customers. "By streamlining parts distribution this way, we are helping improve our response time and reduce costs for our customers and dealers around the world - ultimately adding more value for our customers."
The distribution center will be responsible for more than 70,000 unique part numbers. This new arrangement also allows for multi-brand parts shipments to be combined, which will save time and consolidate shipping costs, Manitowoc said.
The new distribution center represents a significant investment for Manitowoc Cranes, and plans for the project were put in place over two years ago before the economic downturn, Hund said. "Our new distribution center represents a major commitment by Manitowoc," he said. "And despite the economic difficulties throughout all aspects of the construction industry, we have stayed committed to the mission of consolidating our North American parts distribution because we understand that when a crane is down in the field, customers need parts as fast and as economically possible."
The company anticipates the new parts center will server 17,000 North American and international delivery addresses each year, representing about 600 shipments a day.