UniCarriers Americas Corp. has begun manufacturing transmissions for its internal combustion forklift models in the company's 120,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Marengo, Ill. As a result, the engines and transmissions are now manufactured together, and in the same location where the forklifts are assembled.
"By manufacturing the major drivetrain components together, we have far more control over the quality of the product and the reliability it provides to end users," said UniCarriers Americas President James J. Radous III, in a statement. "This was a strategic decision driven by our focus on quality and to improve upon our industry-leading reliability." The move also brought greater production efficiency, lower costs, and reduced lead times, he said.
According to Vice President of Manufacturing Operations Dale Mark, manufacturing in-house allows UniCarriers to control costs, manage inventory for just-in-time replenishment, and eliminate the cost of shipping the transmissions to the factory. "All of this contributes to improved efficiency, more control over lead times, and lower inventory and manufacturing costs," he said.
UniCarriers Americas Corp. (UCA), a subsidiary of UniCarriers Corp., sells and supports UniCarriers-branded forklifts and supports legacy products under the Nissan Forklift, TCM, Atlet, and Barrett brands. UCA has seven factory-owned locations and a network of more than 130 authorized dealerships with 250 locations across North, Central, and South America.