Kalmar Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony to Expand Ottawa, Kan., Facility – Industry News
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, officially broke ground on an expansion project for the Kalmar Ottawa manufacturing plant in Kansas, USA, on 11 May 2016. Key improvements will include the refurbishment and expansion of the facilities to improve employee safety, security, efficiency, and well-being. Additionally, Kalmar will construct a test track for testing and on-site customer events. The Ottawa plant is focusing on the assembly of Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors for the Americas region.
Dave Wood, vice president, sales, marketing & service, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Americas, said: "This expansion reflects our commitment to long-term success at Kalmar Ottawa. We 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."
"Being able to safely test and demonstrate our trucks' capabilities in a real-world environment was a key part of our expansion plan, said Alan Wilson, director of operations. "The course gives us an onsite proving ground for the Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. Operators will be able to practice turning, backing and manoeuvring the terminal tractor in a dedicated area, apart from manufacturing and staging areas."