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Skyjack opens new plant

Skyjack has opened the first phase of its new 18,600 square metre greenfield manufacturing facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico with a ceremony attended local and regional dignitaries including the local mayor and the state governor.

The new plant will manufacture Skyjack’s telehandler and boom lift range allowing the company’s Canadian plants to step up production of its scissor and mast type lift models.

The official opening was jointly conducted by Skyjack president Ken McDougall and the governor of the state of Coahuila - Miguel Angel Riquelme Solis. The two men commemorated the production of the first machine, a 17 metre SJ1056 TH telehandler, and unveiled a ceremonial stone plaque kicking off the start of work on an additional 46,000 square metre facility, which should come on stream towards the end of this year.
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State governor Miguel Angel Riquelme Solis (L) and Ken McDougal of Skyjack confirm the new facility open

Speaking of the opening McDougal said: “We have been at physical and labour capacity at our Canadian facilities for some time now and have invested heavily in vertical integration there with a focus on DC slab scissors, vertical masts and Rough Terrain scissor lifts. Moving the telehandler and boom range to the Ramos Arizpe plant will help pave the way for that Canadian based growth and allows us to answer the increased demand we have for booms and telehandlers.”
“Once complete the 64,000 square metre vertically integrated facility will create an output which will represent a significant increase in unit terms when compared to Skyjack’s current global telehandler and boom capacity.”
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Solis 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 and training of Coahuila based employees.”

McDougall added, “I would like to make a special thank you to the Coahuila State Government, The City Government of Ramos Arizpe, and the Economic Department of the State of Coahuila...all your help and consideration is much appreciated. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership!”

This new plant is, as mentioned above, aimed at increasing Skyjack’s overall production capacity in the Americas. The company also announced last year that it is also stepping up its regional overseas production with a new plant in China which will eventually build machines for the Asia Pacific region.