- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Burlington’s Case New Holland plant is once again manufacturing bulldozers after production shifted from a Georgia plant.

The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1P2QqrZ ) reports that a ceremony was held Wednesday to celebrate the addition of bulldozers to the Burlington facility’s product line, which also includes backhoe loaders and combine headers. This marks the third time that the facility, which has 700 employees, has produced bulldozers in its history.

“We are now the caretakers of the bulldozer business,” said plant manager Steve Van Zant.

According to Van Zant, the quality of bulldozers, of which some will be shipped to other countries, was improved during the transfer from the Georgia plant.

Bulldozers had been manufactured in Calhoun, Georgia, before production ended Aug. 31. The company spent $8 million to transfer the product line to Burlington, including preparation of the assembly line and the inclusion of new equipment like a new robotic system.

Thirty-five direct labor workers were placed on the bulldozer line at the plant, which can complete three bulldozers per day. About half of the parts for the bulldozers are made in-house, while the other half of parts are bought and shipped in. The Burlington plant manufactures four bulldozer models, and plans to add another model in 2016.

The addition of bulldozers adds a heavy construction category to the plant’s resume.

“With the expansion at the Burlington plant, CNH Industrial is well-positioned to meet demand within the construction equipment market,” said Bill Baasch, CNH vice president of manufacturing operations.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com


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