Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas Inc. today celebrated thte groundbreaking for its new production facility in Houston. The company said the factory will increase its ability to meet the growing demand for lift trucks and warehouse automation.
“Today marks an exciting milestone for Logisnext as we break ground on our newest electric forklift manufacturing facility in Houston,” said Jay Gusler, executive vice president of operations at Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas.
“The material handling industry is rapidly changing, and we’re proud to be on the forefront of this change,” he said. “We’re committed to investing in our manufacturing capabilities and new product development to ensure we continue providing our customers with the most advanced, yet sustainable, electric products and solutions in the future.”
Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas said it is a leading provider of scalable systems for materials handling, as well as automation and fleet support. The wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Logisnext Co. and its sibling companies said they have “helped customers Move the World Forward for more than 100 years.”
Mitsubishi Logisnext to extend North American support
Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas offers five brands: Mitsubishi forklift trucks, Cat lift trucks, Rocla automated guided vehicles (AGVs), UniCarriers forklifts, and Jungheinrich warehouse and automation products. All are backed by an extensive dealer network offering industry-leading customer service and product support, said Mitsubishi.
The company last week launched its Lift Link telematics system for fleets of warehouse robots.
Located on Logisnext’s Houston headquarters campus, the new facility will support manufacturing across the company's electric product lines. It “represents a key investment in Logisnext’s long-term electric growth strategy to support its customers throughout North America,” said Mitsubishi.
With a total floor area of 73,000 sq. ft., the new facility will expand Logisnext’s manufacturing capabilities by serving as a dedicated fabrication space for in-house welding and painting of masts and frames. The facility will also integrate cutting-edge technologies such as Mixed Model Line Design, Industry 4.0 process monitoring, and one-piece flow.
The company added that the expansion of robotic welding, along with the optimization of paint capacity and weld fixtures, will contribute to its ongoing focus on improved efficiency.
Ken Barina, president of Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, and Jay Gusler, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, led the groundbreaking ceremony. The company said it expects construction to be complete in the first quarter of 2024.
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