CURT Invests in New American Manufacturing
SOURCE: CURT Press Release
Eau Claire, WI (July 11, 2019) - CURT, supplier of a complete line of towing products and the leading manufacturer of USA-made custom-fit trailer hitches, has made significant investments in its Eau Claire manufacturing facility over the past year. They have implemented several advanced assets that have significantly improved manufacturing, processes, capacity, speed and efficiency.
The investment was divided between new welding robotic cells, tooling, two vertical storage lift modules, a new tube bender and two new laser cutting machines, all using the latest technologies available.
Among the new investments are six new dual-arm robotic welding cells that have reduced cycle time for faster production response. There are also two new plate lasers used for cutting steel side plates for hitches. These are three times faster than those previously used, and they provide increased cutting accuracy, better quality, more product and faster response time to customers.
CURT has also invested in a new all-electric tube bender that ensures better repeatability with less changeover, as well as two new vertical lift modules for efficient fixture storage, allowing for quicker changeover of tooling.
A new machining center has been established within the CURT hitch plant. This will help support continued growth of new product development, engineering and assistance in creating repeatable weld fixtures at a faster rate. Additionally, CURT has invested in a new “mini mill” – a high-accuracy engineering tool that allows one-off samples of parts to be produced quickly and in-house.
Finally, one of the most significant investments CURT has made over the past year is in its people. At the Eau Claire facility, a new welder training program and three new welder training booths have been set up for CURT associates. These training resources allow new welders to be trained on CURT processes, and it gives CURT associates the opportunity to learn a new trade, making an increased salary and adding value to the company. A new fume collection and air conditioning system has also been installed for the manual weld stations.
These investments are part of an overarching strategy to reduce time to market and improve efficiency to ultimately supply customers with enhanced quality and higher fill rate.
To learn more about CURT, you can visit the About Us page or explore its industry-leading custom hitch offering.
CURT, a CURT Group brand, offers a complete line of towing products and is the leading manufacturer of USA-made custom-fit trailer hitches. It offers the broadest selection of custom-fit receiver hitches for nearly every vehicle on the road today. CURT also offers gooseneck, 5th wheel and weight distribution hitches, as well as electrical components, ball mounts, trailer balls, cargo carriers, bike racks and other towing accessories. For everything from passenger cars and vans to full-size pickups and SUVs, CURT is 'The First Name in Towing Products.'
ABOUT CURT GROUP
CURT Group is a leading sales, marketing, engineering and distribution company of towing products and truck accessories for all types of vehicles, from passenger cars to commercial trucks. Its family of brands includes CURT, ARIES, LUVERNE, RETRAC and UWS. CURT Group is a team of more than 1,000 associates world-wide, with manufacturing plants in Wisconsin, South Dakota and Florida and 12 regional warehouses across the United States and Canada.