Terex announced a big investment in the small city of Canton, S.D. The company broke ground on a new 80,000-square-foot facility for the manufacture of bridge, highway and airport pavers and related equipment. The new 8-acre site is just miles from the company’s current multi-facility downtown campus, and the new building will house all operations under one roof.
“We have a dedicated team with a 50-year knowledge-base for building a niche product that requires customization to meet customer needs,” said George Ellis, president of Terex Construction. “It made sense to invest in the Canton community and retain the skilled workforce that will allow the transfer of knowledge well into the future.”
The new $4.8 million Terex Bid-Well facility promises to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce lead time for the paving equipment. “Using Lean Manufacturing principles, material will enter through one end of the building, flow through fabrication and assembly, and leave through the opposite end,” explained Rob Drew, site director for Terex Bid-Well. “Strong growth and high customer demand for our equipment has forced us to grow into a campus of nine separate buildings over the years. Consolidating into one facility will allow us to maximize productivity of our talented team and reduce order-to-finished-goods time to about five working days.”
Approximately 95% of the building’s metal frame includes recycled steel. With windows for sunlight harvesting, walls built with a minimum of R-30 insulation and insulated floors, the building is designed to efficiently capture heat in a climate that sees winter temperatures drop to -30˚ Fahrenheit. The building’s exterior will feature “cool” colors adopted by LEED construction guidelines.
Inside the manufacturing space, the factory will include high-efficiency lighting and a separate welding area with exhaust fans to keep the rest of the space clean. Nearly 30 cranes strategically positioned throughout the factory will greatly improve material flow.