Huntington plant to grow
By Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC plans to expand manufacturing operations in Huntington, purchasing nearly $4 million in equipment and adding two production lines.
More than 25 jobs could be added.
Bendix makes safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles.
The company said in a news release Wednesday it will spend $3.8 million in an expansion that will help it manufacture a portion of the company's vibration damper product lines, using available space at its Module Center.
Vibration engine dampers are used to reduce torsional vibration on engine crankshafts to prevent shaft failure and reduce noise. They also help improve fuel economy.
The move is expected to create about 20 hourly jobs over three shifts and up to seven new salaried positions, the company said. Bendix did not specify what the additional jobs might pay, and company spokesmen could not immediately be reached for comment.
Bendix's Huntington manufacturing campus opened in February 1980 and consists of four facilities with more than 420 employees.
Production of front gear train and bolted dampers at the facility is expected to be phased in between April and July of 2018.
The Huntington location supplements the manufacturing capacity of Bendix's primary damper production plant in North Aurora, Illinois.
A “significant business win” for a key customer along with a production shift more than doubling the North American demand prompted the expansion, the company said.
Mike Pogorelc, the Huntington plant manager, said employees are “always ready to accept new opportunities to serve and satisfy additional customers.”