Wabash National Corporation Expands Operations in Kansas City, Kansas, for Aviation and Truck Equipment Business
Company consolidates manufacturing facilities to optimize production
LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Dec. 15, 2015 - Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) ), a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems, today announced it is expanding operations at its facility in Kansas City, Kansas.
As a result, the company is moving all production operations and personnel from its Kansas City, Missouri, facility to the expanding operation in Kansas, located approximately five miles away.
“This is an exciting time for our business,” said Michael Warkentien, vice president and general manager, Aviation and Truck Equipment. “By combining the organizations of our Kansas and Missouri facilities onto a single campus, we benefit from the exceptional knowledge transfer and expertise of these talented teams to further enhance our capabilities and services within the industries we serve.”,/p>
Over the next three months, all of Wabash National’s Aviation and Truck Equipment business will transfer to the Kansas City, Kansas, facility (539 South 10th Street). It will be the primary operation for the manufacturing and upfitting of Garsite aviation refueling equipment and Progress Tank truck-mounted tanks for the vacuum, propane and refined fuels markets.
The company will also continue to manufacture new and refurbished truck-mounted tanks at its facility in Findlay, Ohio.
A detailed project plan has been developed to assure no impact to any customer product timing or services will occur during the transition period. However, representatives are available to answer any questions at 816-714-2600.
Garsite is the leading brand of aircraft refueling products in North America. Garsite refuelers and aviation fueling systems are in service every day at nearly every major U.S. airport and in over 80 countries on six continents.
Progress Tank has been a leading brand of truck-mounted tanks used for hauling refined fuel, heating oil, liquid waste and propane in North America since 1922. It also offers complete tank and chassis upfitting services to provide customers with turnkey solutions.
Since Wabash National acquired Garsite and Progress Tank in 2012, both operations have benefited from shared manufacturing practices, quality standards, resources and increased manufacturing capacity.
Progress Tank Adds Carbon Steel Front Hoist and Full-Open Rear Door to Product Line
Great Lakes Equipment Sales, Inc. Takes Delivery of Initial Order
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – March 13, 2015 – Progress Tank, a leading manufacturer and upfitter of truck-mounted tanks used for hauling refined fuel, heating oil, liquid waste, and propane in North America and part of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC), today announced the addition of the ASME 407/412 carbon steel front hoist and full-open rear door to its vacuum tank product line.
The carbon steel front hoist and full-open rear door, originally developed for Great Lakes Equipment Sales, Inc. in late 2014, was on display at the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show Feb. 17–20.
“We’ve been building aluminum and stainless steel lift door equipment for several years. With the addition of the carbon steel lift door, Progress Tank is able to meet customers’ every need. Equipment is available in ASME, non-code, DOT and TC,” said Matt Decker, business development manager, Progress Tank.
Progress Tank lift door units are built with a specialized corrugated baffle that not only allows for superior product control during transporting but also maximizes solids off-loading capability. The carbon steel front hoist and full-open rear door, used in the environmental and industrial services markets, also includes a dual piston and hinge feature for added durability; a combination of stainless steel and carbon in rear door construction to maximize seal integrity; aluminum trays for corrosion resistance and weight reduction; high mount tail lights for better visibility; and an automatic shut-down system.
“We’ve enjoyed working with Progress Tank for 10 years. Their dedication to quality and service, and their willingness to build custom units, makes them a good fit for us and our customers,” said Jeff Rodgers, owner of Great Lakes Equipment Sales. “We have sold three carbon steel units since fall 2014, and have eight more on order with Progress Tank, with the expectation to continue ordering about four units each month in the near term.”
Since 1922, Progress Tank has been able to stay a step ahead of the industry by developing new products and providing best-in-class service and support through a highly qualified and trained distribution network. Its 2012 acquisition by Wabash National Corporation strengthens its longstanding reputation for premier customer service, quality and manufacturing excellence.
For more information about Progress Tank’s carbon steel front hoist and full-open rear door, please contact a representative at 816-714-2600.