Vehicle Service Group invests in manufacturing updates and expansions

Vehicle Service Group (VSG), parent company of leading vehicle service equipment manufacturers Rotary Lift, Chief Automotive Technologies, Forward Lift, Direct Lift, Revolution Lift, Hanmecson, nogra and Blitz, is making substantial investments in its global manufacturing facilities.

The company is investing more than $1 million in its North American manufacturing facility this year, and recently broke ground for a 54,000-square-foot expansion of its Asian manufacturing facility.

VSG has three ISO 9001-certified manufacturing centers: one in Madison, Ind., that serves North and South America; one in Haimen, China, to serve the Asian and Australian markets; and one in Europe dedicated to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

VSG is installing a new laser manufacturing system and two additional CNC machining centers in its North American facility. The investments are designed to improve responsiveness to customer orders, reduce manufacturing costs, increase the facility's productivity, and provide capacity for future market growth.

Expanding the Asian facility is expected to increase manufacturing capacity by more than 80 percent. Construction is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2012, with production ramping up next spring. VSG also anticipates increasing the plant workforce by around 8 percent. The company is expanding the facility to meet growing demand for its products from emerging markets abroad, particularly in China and India.

"As a North American-based global manufacturer, VSG is uniquely positioned to respond quickly to increasing demand for high-quality vehicle service equipment in new markets around the world," said VSG President Gary Kennon. "We continuously evaluate all of our manufacturing facilities and invest as needed to ensure that we consistently produce the highest-quality and most reliable products in appropriate quantities to support our customers worldwide."

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