OTTAWA, KANSAS, May 11, 2016 – Today, Kalmar Ottawa employees, corporate leaders and honored guests officially broke ground on an expansion project for the Kalmar Ottawa manufacturing plant at 415 E. Dundee.
Key improvements will include the refurbishment and expansion of offices, customer lobby, training room, break room, and the creation of an employee track/wellness area. A shipping and logistics area will be added to improve safety and efficiency in outbound shipping. The parts department will be expanded to allow for a better workflow. A kitting/sequence area will be created in a separate building and security fencing will be completed for improved employee security.
Dave Wood, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Service for the Americas Region said, “This expansion reflects our commitment to long-term success at Kalmar Ottawa. We continuously strive to improve our resources, processes and personnel, to maintain and grow our legacy as the dominant global manufacturer of terminal tractors. Perhaps just as important, it is a visual reminder of our commitment to the community where it all began more than 60 years ago.”
Additionally, Kalmar Ottawa will construct a test track for testing and on-site customer events. The oval-shaped test track will be nearly ¾ of a mile, providing operators with a real feel for terminal tractor drivability and performance.
“Being able to safely test and demonstrate our trucks’ capabilities in a real-world environment was a key part of our expansion plan at Kalmar Ottawa, said Alan Wilson, Director of Operations. The course gives us an on-site proving ground for the T2 trucks. Operators will be able to practice turning, backing and maneuvering the terminal tractor in a dedicated area, apart from manufacturing and staging areas.”
Visitors took part in a plant tour, including a look at recent improvements to R & D, manufacturing equipment and processes. Employees and guests later gathered outside for the ceremonial turning of dirt and festivities concluded with a reception.
Cargotec guests included: CEO and President, Mika Vehviläinen; EVP CFO, Eeva Sipilä; SVP Strategy, Mikael Laine; SVP HR, Mikko Pelkonen and EVP CFO Mikko Puolakka. Kalmar guests included: President, Olli Isotalo; VP Finance, Patrik Sjöblom; EVP Americas, Greg Hewitt; VP Offering Development, Frank Kho; SVP MEQ, Dan Pettersson; VP Sales, Ports & Terminals, Troy Thompson; VP Terminal Tractors, Chris Booth; VP, HR, Americas, Joe Wray; VP, Finance, Americas, Robert Hildebrecht; SVP Services, Craig Jessup; SVP EMEA, Thomas Koskimaa and Director, Business Development, Marcus Nikander.
Honored guests included: Ottawa Mayor, Sara Caylor; City Manager, Richard Nienstedt; Chamber of Commerce President, John Coen; Franklin County Commission President, Rick Howard; Franklin County Administrator, Jon Holmes; Economic Development Director, James Oltman; Franklin County Commissioners, Randall Roud and Roy Dunn; Bartlett & West Project Engineer, Casey Colbern and Construction Manager, Jim Rinner.
As the world’s leader in terminal tractors offering the most comprehensive range of models for warehouse and distribution operations, ports and rail terminals, Kalmar Ottawa’s commitment to continuous product development has resulted in many industry firsts.
Besides being the original manufacturer of terminal tractors, Kalmar Ottawa was the first to offer machines with an automatic transmission, a rear door entry, integral air conditioning units, power cab tilt and ABS brake systems. Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors were also the first on the market to receive DOT/EPA certification – a paramount classification for distribution and industrial customers whose operation entails shunting trailers between yards via public streets and roadways.
The Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor dealer network provides sales, service and support from 171 locations throughout North America. A complete listing and search tool for locating Kalmar Ottawa dealers can be found at https://kalmarottawa.com.