Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new beam processing center, located on a 10-acre site in the Lippert Components manufacturing complex in Goshen, Ind. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Monday (April 23) at 3 p.m. (EDT).
According to a press release, the company is investing in a 107,000-square-foot, multimillion dollar facility to enhance the manufacture of I-beams that form the framework of nearly every chassis it produces.
“This is a flexible production system that is able to take individual customer orders, match them to the specification required and produce the finished I-beam, ready to be built into a chassis,” explained Philip Wiltshire, director of LCI’s manufacturing engineering.
Construction of the new beam processing center presents long-term customer and team member benefits, as this new facility is designed, and will be built, to improve safety and quality, and reduce scrap inherent in the production of I-beams for chassis frames.
“I am very excited to be a part of this endeavor, improving efficiencies for the company, quality for the product, and safety for our team members,” commented Robert Shellhamer, plant manager at LCI’s new beam processing center. “Ultimately, this plant will produce a crucial component used in the RV industry, providing enjoyment for consumers in their leisure time. With this plant, and the associated investment, it is clear to me that LCI is committed to the future in a very big way.”
LCI’s existing beam-related team members will be trained to perform jobs within the new facility, or relocated to other positions within the company. The plant will contain all new, state-of-the-art equipment to produce I-beams that are then shipped to Lippert Components assembly plants to be built into chassis frames.
According to the release, Lippert Components has embarked upon a “continuous improvement journey” that embraces adopting the best technology for the manufacture of products and also the “Everyone Matters” company mission that empowers LCI team members to both shine at work, in their home lives, and within their local communities.