BendPak Announces New Manufacturing Complex
UPDATE: As you may have read on Tire Review, Fleet Mag, American Manufacturing and other respected industry publications, BendPak recently broke ground on an ambitious new industrial complex. After nearly three years of planning, we are proud to announce that construction has finally commenced on our all-new $65 million, mega-sized facility that will serve as a secondary manufacturing hub, nearly doubling our current production capacity. The vast, 480,000 square-foot complex is being built on a 15 acre plot of land, and it is one of three new factories that will help BendPak meet the increased demand for reasonably-priced, high-quality automotive equipment. BendPak fans can look forward to better efficiency and decreased delivery delay on some of our most popular products.
The new facility will be used primarily for manufacturing certain light and medium duty car lift products, select parking systems, as well as other vehicle repair tools and equipment. The multiplex factory will house state-of-the-art equipment including numerically-controlled turning and milling equipment, automated welding systems and full-capability services like comprehensive metallurgy testing, heat treatment, automated powder coating, and other specialty operations. Assembly, packaging operation centers and product development testing labs for BendPak’s growing customer base around the globe will also be established in-house.
This bold endeavor is another step in BendPak's ongoing global investment policy. The inauguration ceremony for the new state-of-the-art, technology-packed factory took place late December of 2010 and was attended by special guests, dignitaries and BendPak senior management.
See press release and more photos here.
Globally Minded, Singular in Purpose
BendPak recognizes the manufacturing process as our moment of maximum influence. When we ship a unit, we need to know that the product that left our manufacturing complex was the best it could be. That's why we demand nothing short of the very finest in facilities and machinery. In 2006 we opened a brand new 300,000 square foot facility designed for maximum efficiency and safety, where we employ the best steel fabrication techniques in the world.
BendPak manufacturing processes are centralized to deliver cutting-edge technology and unprecedented quality control. All of our manufacturing facilities employ efficient, state-of-the-art processes to serve our customers' needs in the most cost-effective way possible. Companies that want to be competitive in an increasingly global marketplace must have a global outlook. BendPak continually seeks opportunities to strengthen our existing presence in the global arena, as well as set world-class standards in everything we do.
Our multi-department manufacturing complex has allowed us to expand machinery and employees and triple our daily production numbers. All BendPak employees are Q.C. trained and follow rigid ISO-9001 guidelines. Every day, more than 700 employees around the world dedicate themselves to putting our core values into action. Safety is first—it's our company's top priority, followed closely by environmental responsibility, cost-efficiency, quality, customer service and accountability for all departments. These principles guide our highly skilled workforce towards BendPak's unified vision.
BendPak is a true leader in both process and product technology. That's why we have three research and development facilities dedicated to advancing the boundaries of automotive service lifts and parking lift technology. Our research and development divisions are the true catalysts for innovation, providing our specialized R&D personnel with the support they need to explore design opportunities and potential avenues through which to deliver superior products to the consumer.
We are particularly proud of our intensive powder-coating process. Our powder-coat finish gives our premium lifts a high-quality, extremely durable finish which can withstand even the harshest environmental or chemical conditions. Unlike other companies that claim to powder coat, we take pride in our meticulous 10-step process. First, all parts are visually inspected before being sandblasted. Afterwards, they are washed in our 5-stage phosphate tanks that can accommodate parts up to 25' long. Once cleaned, they're immediately dried to avoid rust production, and then outgassed. Outgassing pre-bakes the parts in a curing oven, reducing the possibility of blemishes that may be hiding in the pores of the metal. If not properly outgassed, imperfections in the metal may bubble during the curing process and most likely will cause chips in the powder. After the parts are washed and outgassed, any surfaces and / or threaded holes that need to be masked or plugged are done so with high-temperature masking tape and silicone plugs. Next, the parts are given a quick thinner wipe to remove any light debris or fingerprints before being hung on an electrostatically grounded conveyor line. Powder is finally applied using an electrostatic spray gun. The powder "sticks" to the surface in a fashion similar to how dust sticks to a television screen. Once the parts are powder coated, the carts are rolled into our curing oven and baked at 400° F for 45 minutes.
Reliability, accuracy and durability are the hallmarks of all our products. BendPak follows stringent quality control measures at every level of manufacturing, facilitating a smooth and efficient operation. We are the perfect blend of ultra-modern machines and an excellent workforce, enabling us to deliver safe, well-built products made from the best materials. All of our manufacturing facilities employ top-notch metallurgy equipment, such as tensile testing machines, impact testing machines, metal hardness testers, Brinell hardness testers, Rockwell superficial hardness testers and Vickers hardness testers to ensure all materials meet or exceed worldwide standards.
Across the globe, BendPak's facilities encompass over 600,000 square feet in total and consist of vertically integrated manufacturing, operations and logistics facilities. Each location follows strict guidelines as outlined by ISO-9000, further supporting our position as a premier global manufacturer. At BendPak, we ensure that our offshore manufacturing is no different in approach, standards, quality, inspection or packaging from our domestic production. These facilities are audited year round and undergo systematic evaluation of documented quality programs such as TUV, ANSI/ALI ALCTV, CSA, UL and AS/NZS 1418.9. The programs themselves are audited quarterly, regardless of the facility location, to ensure continued compliance with all applicable standards.