Wacker Neuson Starts Skid Steer Loader Production in the US
The Wacker Neuson Group is building a production line for skid steer and compact track loaders at its US facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The facility will go on stream in the first quarter of 2015, initially manufacturing four models.
The US is the largest market for skid steer loaders. “Our strategy is ‘in the region for the region’. So it makes sense for us to build skid steer loaders in the region where demand is strongest – North America,” explains Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson SE. “We unveiled four loader models tailored to the needs of the North American market at the start of the year and received positive feedback from dealers and customers alike. Producing these products in North America will speed up time-to-market and enable us to adapt these high-quality, powerful machines more rapidly to the specific customer requirements of this core market.”
“We took feedback from contractors and users in the region who regularly work with these machines, and channeled these insights into the development of our new skid steer loaders. Our dealers and customers were quickly won over by the high-quality components as well as the new, even more user-friendly cab and powerful performance capabilities of our skid steer loaders,” outlines Christopher Barnard, Regional President of Wacker Neuson in North America. “The new skid steer loader series rounds off our portfolio of compact machines in North America, making us an even more attractive partner for dealers.” The four models will initially only be distributed via the US and Canadian dealer network.
With a presence in the United States since 1957, the Wacker Neuson facility in Menomonee Falls near Milwaukee was built in 1986 and recently again expanded in 2012. Covering an area of 260,000 square meters, the site is home to the Wacker Neuson Corporation headquarters and its research and development departments. The company also produces trowels for the concrete technology business field here as well as rammers, rollers and trench rollers for the compaction business field and generators and pumps for the worksite technology field. From 2015 on, Menomonee Falls will also be producing the skid steer loaders SW24 and SW28 with payloads of 2,400 and 2,800 pounds respectively (around 1.1 and 1.4 tons) while the compact track loaders ST35 and ST45 will have payloads of 3,500 and 4,500 pounds respectively (around 1.6 and 2.1 tons). Concurrently, a local development team is working on further models to broaden the line.
Up until now, Wacker Neuson produced skid steer loaders at its Hörsching site in Austria. “Demand for our dumpers and excavators are growing worldwide. We will be using the free capacity at Hörsching from 2015 on to expand our dumper and excavator production capabilities here. Thus, there will be no layoffs at the site,” adds Peksaglam. “Our current skid steer loader models for North America were jointly developed by teams in Austria and the US. So we will also have access to in-depth expertise and a wealth of experience in the development and production of skid steer loaders at the new site.” The facility in Hörsching, near Linz, has been in operation since 2012 and is a cutting-edge production facility for compact equipment.