Bendix says plant investments not done yet

ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC has unveiled a multi-year, $8.7 million expansion and improvement project at its Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing facility.

The company, which is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC, manufactures Bendix-branded air disc and drum brakes in Bowling Green.

“This investment strengthens our commitment to highway safety technology, and has had an immediate impact on our ability to meet the continually increasing demand for Bendix foundation brakes,” said Andy Dale, manager of the Bowling Green plant. “We raised our production volume by 67 percent in 2014, and our overall production capacity by 70 percent.”

In fact, plant improvements in 2014 have already helped lead to a milestone of more than a million foundation brakes produced in a 12-month period.

BSFB expanded its air disc brake production capacity in 2014 through the addition of two new machining centers and 75 new jobs. Two more machining centers will be added in 2015, along with a new assembly line and an expected 15 new jobs, to further support the increasing demand for air disc brakes. Further expansion investment plans include the addition of another assembly line in 2016.

Since 2009, production levels of the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake manufactured in Bowling Green have increased more than fivefold due to the growing popularity of air disc brakes in North America.

In 2014, air disc brake production rose 60 percent compared to the previous year, and in October, employees produced a plant record of nearly 35,000 air disc brakes.


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