SAF-HOLLAND, a Luxembourg based chassis related system company, is set to open a new facility in Southeastern Arkansas in the old Federal Mogul building in Dumas hiring 65 new employees. The company is known for making chassis related systems for trailers, trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles. The Dumas plant has been producing trailer suspensions since 1988 and is currently employs 143 employees.
The company is a manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products. For expanding the company’s capacity in axle and suspension system, according to Arkansas Economic Development, SAF- HOLLAND will invest approximately $4 million in the facility for additional manufacturing/ warehousing space, paint line, robotic welding cells and other technologies. Charles Swopes, Dumas Facility Plant Manager, stated that the expansion will prepare SAF-HOLLAND employees and resources to compete in the worldwide market.
This currently expansion will strengthen the internal logistics processes to improve lead- time responsiveness and will strengthen long- term competitiveness by being centralized and being placed geographically closer to the customer base of the trailer and truck industry.
According to Bjoem Meyer, Vice President of Operation for Americas, SAF-HOLLAND’s closer proximity to their OEM customers enhances the level of service to distributors and fleet customers which ultimately expands the distribution network and helps acquire new customers. He added that the investment in Dumas will prepare SAF-HOLLAND to increasing market demand in the mid- term.
Headquartered in Luxembourg, SAF-HOLLAND is the result of merger between two regional champions – SAF in Europe and Holland in USA in December 2006. Since then, SAF-HOLLAND is the largest independent internationally positioned supplier to commercial vehicle market in Europe. Hiring more than 3,200 employees, SAF-HOLLAND sales in 2016 was approximately EUR 1,042 million (US$ 1250 million). Located in 28 countries and active in six continents, SAF_HOLLAND, is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of chassis- related systems and components primarily for trailers and semi- trailers, trucks and buses.