McNeilus breaks ground on new customer-focused facility

McNeilus breaks ground on new customer-focused facility

The Joint Pre-Delivery Inspection facility, which will open in early spring 2021, features truck inspection bays, a parts warehouse, a drive-through wash bay and a customer center.

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November 5, 2020

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. company based in Dodge Center, Minnesota, has announced that it recently broke ground on a nearly 30,000-square-foot facility that will provide customers with a “unique, collaborative pre-delivery experience for their refuse collection fleets,” the company says.

McNeilus’ new Joint Pre-Delivery Inspection facility, which will officially open in early spring 2021, features truck inspection bays, a parts warehouse, a drive-through wash bay and a customer center, along with compressed natural gas (CNG) protection measures throughout the building. One of the most unique aspects of this facility, according to the company, is that it brings together and aligns the truck inspection processes of the body manufacturer, chassis manufacturer and the customer for a streamlined experience.

“By focusing McNeilus headquarters on refuse collection products and services, we’re positioning ourselves for breakout growth. Coupling this new customer-focused quality facility with strong industry collaboration is just one of the ways we’re leading the industry forward,” Jeff Koga, vice president and general manager of refuse at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, says.

According to the company, advantages of McNeilus’ Joint Pre-Delivery Inspection facility will be seen in delivered quality and reduced delivery time, along with an inspection process that aligns with specific customer needs. Data from the comprehensive joint inspection process also will augment and improve manufacturing processes.

The company says it is also celebrating the importance it places on quality, reflecting on improved processes, productivity and safety during World Quality Month in November.

“Recognizing World Quality Month provides a platform for acknowledging our team members and their achievements and valuable quality contributions,” Vasu Chakravarthy, director of quality for McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, says. “And, it also provides a lens for developing solutions to broader industry issues impacting many haulers.”

Over the past year, McNeilus says its team has implemented design and process improvements that have positively impacted manufacturing quality across all product lines, including increasing paint quality and body build capabilities among other improvements.

“Our commitment to our customers is unwavering, and these recent advances in our quality processes and infrastructure align with our strategy to optimize our business and with our mission to exceed expectations,” Brad Nelson, president of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing and senior vice president of Oshkosh Corp.’s Commercial Segment, says.