Laura Ness Owens
Company expects to hire 35 additional employees, will open extended operation for engine machining and subassembly in portion of former Bismarck manufacturing plant
SAN MATEO, CA and BISMARCK, ND - May 18, 2011
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced it is expanding manufacturing support operations for Bobcat Company and will be hiring approximately 35 additional employees in the next few weeks.
Menlo currently provides component logistics and supply chain management services for Bobcat through its Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck. With the MSC facility at capacity, the company has decided to locate the expanded operations in a portion of Bobcat’s former assembly plant in Bismarck. Menlo expects to utilize 25,000 square feet in the former Bismarck plant, complementing the 100,000-square-foot MSC facility it has operated for Bobcat since 2006.
The Bismarck facility will serve as an extension of Menlo’s current scope of work, and will provide pre-production engine machining, subassembly, kitting and delivery services. It is part of the overall supply chain and logistics support solution which Menlo provides for West Fargo, ND-based Bobcat.
“Menlo is proud of the valued partnership we have enjoyed with Bobcat and we are very pleased to be awarded this expanded work,” said Joseph M. Dagnese, Menlo’s vice president, automotive and industrial. “These are complementary services that will deliver benefits to Bobcat through proven supply chain best practices, allowing Bobcat to leverage its core competencies and concentrate on the job of building great machines.”
“By relying on Menlo to take on more pre-production engine machining and subassembly work, we are able to free-up resources at our Gwinner plant,” said Rich Goldsbury, president, Bobcat North America and Oceania. “This will support Bobcat product line expansions and new machine introductions related to Tier 4 emission regulation changes.”
Menlo has provided component supply management, subassembly and logistics for Bobcat at the MSC facility, which is located at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC), since 2006. The company has successfully assisted Bobcat in streamlining logistics operations maintaining a staff of 120 employees at the MSC. Bobcat itself has an additional 145 employees in Bismarck.
Work will begin immediately to ramp up the expanded support operations with a target completion in June.
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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.4 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 16 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.0 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com.