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Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake expands wheel-end manufacturing facility

  07.10.2019    

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) recently broke  ground  on  a  130,000-square-foot  expansion  of its  wheel-end  manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The addition to the existing BSFB plant will allow for increased air disc brake production capacity to keep pace with accelerating customer demand in North  America. BSFB is a joint venture between Knorr-Bremse US  subsidiary  Bendix  Commercial  Vehicle  Systems  LLC,  and  Dana  Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC.
Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division, attended the groundbreaking ceremony among other executives and partner organizations: “The trend toward greater traffic safety is leading to an increasing  substitution  of  drum  brakes  by the  even more  safety-oriented air  disc  brakes  in the  North  American  market.  Against  this  background,  the  expansion  of  our  wheel-end capacity  in  Bowling  Green  marks  one  of  Knorr-Bremse’s  largest  investments  in  2019  and 2020.”
Carlos  Hungria,  Bendix  Chief  Operating  Officer  added:  “Our  team  in  Bowling  Green  is exceptional.   They   surpassed   the   3-million-unit   production   milestone   for   the   Bendix®ADB22X® air disc brake earlier this year. And now, through this latest investment in highly efficient  production  technology,  they  will  be  even better  positioned  to  meet  the  escalating demand for air disc brakes in North America.” 
BSFB  is  expanding  its  facility  on  a  parcel  adjacent  to  its  302,000-square-foot  building,  a leased   space   the  company   is   purchasing   as   part   of  the   investment.   Among   other improvements in support of Bendix’s North American air disc brake (ADB) portfolio, the state-of-the-art expansion will add a new bracket weld machine center, a third ADB production line, four ADB caliper machining centers, engineering test capabilities, plus an on-site employee medical clinic. Space will also be held in reserve to address longer-term growth opportunities. The  facility  employs  over  400  team  members  covering  three  shifts.  Completion  of  the upgraded plant – which will total 432,000 square feet – is expected by the end of 2020.
The joint venture produces the full lineup of commercially available Bendix® brand foundation drum and air disc brake solutions at the Bowling Green wheel-end facility. Since its opening in 2007, Bendix has invested millions of dollars in production capacity and automation – part of  the  company’s  commitment  to  continually  invest  in  and  improve  its  manufacturing operations.
The  expanded  Bowling  Green  site  will  continue  to  incorporate  green  building  guidelines, including an energy-efficient infrastructure, and zero landfill concepts as essential elements 2/2 Knorr-Bremse Group in  the  construction  plans.  The  efforts  contribute  to  the  UN  Sustainable  Development  Goal SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) that Knorr-Bremse supports along with four other SDGs to meet high environmental and sustainability requirements and standards. Within  the framework  of the “Agenda  2030”  of the  United  Nations,  Knorr-Bremse  wants  to make an effective contribution.

Bendix adds new facility to expand operations in Huntington (Indiana)
Earlier this year, Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix) announced the expansion of its long-standing Huntington, Indiana, footprint with the addition of  a  sixth  location,  a  409,000-square-foot  facility.  This  new  location  will  enable  strategic alignment  of the  company’s  manufacturing  operations  and  offer  expanded  opportunities  to support  its  growing  commercial  vehicle  aftermarket business.  Currently,  the  company operates five locations within a 5-mile radius, including manufacturing, remanufacturing, and assembly sites, as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution center.
“We’re very proud of our nearly 40-year history here, and this investment marks the start of an exciting new chapter for our team in Huntington. Our addition is just one more way  we continue  to  optimize  our  manufacturing  operations  and  distribution,  while  addressing customer demand at the highest level possible,” said Carlos Hungria.
The site is shaped by continual growth and expansion, reinforced by the company’s business unit-focused approach. In 2017, Bendix made an investment that included the addition of two new  production  lines  to  manufacture  a  portion  of  its  vibration  damper  product  portfolio. Investments continued last year with the first installment of an expected capital plan, which opened the doors on a fifth building that expanded the company’s distribution capabilities, as well as its module manufacturing.
Bendix  –  which  today  employs  nearly  440  team  members  in  Huntington  –  expects  to  add approximately 40 additional jobs over a three-year period as it further ramps up operations. Approximately  30  percent  of  the  floor  space  will  be  held  in  reserve  to  address  long-term expansion opportunities.



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