Skyjack, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, opened a new manufacturing facility in Mexico on Jan. 12 in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The ceremony was attended by Miguel Angel Riquelme Solis, governor of Coahuila, Jose Maria Morales Padilla, mayor of Ramos Arizpe, Mario Bres Garza, secretary of economy of the state of Coahuila and Ken McDougall, president, Skyjack. Solis and McDougall officially opened the new 200,000 sq. ft. facility as one of the first week’s production of telehandlers, an SJ 1056 TH, delivered a ceremonial stone and plaque commemorating the official start of work on the additional 490,000 sq. ft. facility.
The new plant will manufacture Skyjack’s telehandler and boom range following significant changes and increases in capacity at the company’s existing Canadian plants.
“We have been at physical and labor capacity at our Canadian facilities for some time now and we have invested heavily in vertical integration there with a focus on DC slap scissors, vertical masts, and rough terrain scissors. Moving the telehandler and boom range to the Ramos Arizpe plant will help pave the way for that Canadian based growth and allows to answer the increased demand we have for our telehandler and boom range,” McDougall said.
Solis, governor of Coahuila, said, “I am very pleased to be here today to open this Skyjack facility which represents an investment of $80 million and plans to employ 600 workers. I would like to highlight Skyjack’s speedy preparation and their welcome to and training of Coahuila-based employees.”
The facility is the end of phase one of a two-phase project. Phase two, which started later in 2022, will see an additional 490,000 sq. ft. come online in the third quarter of 2023.
“Once complete, the 690,000 sq. ft. vertically integrated facility will create an output which will represent a significant increase in unit terms when compared to Skyjack’s current (2022) global telehandler and boom capacity.”