Torklift Opens Second Manufacturing Unit in Eastern Washington
Source: Torklift International
Sumner, WA (September 20, 2019) - Torklift International is opening a new production facility located in eastern Washington to further expand existing lines, new lines and to support a growing OEM segment.
“When the announcement was made at Torklift, the team roared with excitement,” said Torklift President Jack Kay. “We’ve been looking for a new location to expand into for a couple years and found the perfect location two and a half hours east of our existing facility.”
Both facilities will continue to operate in tandem as part of Torklift’s pre-existing business model.
“All of our new product development happens at our Retail Product Development Center in Kent, Washington because we have an opportunity to meet with customers one-on-one to achieve their custom fabrication and product needs,” Kay explained. “From there if our engineering and marketing teams determine there is a viable market for the new product idea, it comes to our Sumner, Washington production facility to be mass manufactured.”
Over the past several years, Torklift has been challenged to make room in its existing facility to continue to manufacture new product lines as well as build out existing product lines.
“Mature product lines as well as OEM product lines will be the first product lines to be considered during this expansion to the eastern Washington facility,” explained Kay. “The expansion of these mature lines opens up production space in our Sumner facility for new product development and mass manufacturing refinement.”
Torklift has a goal of releasing five to ten new products per year and expects to be in operation in its new facility during fourth quarter of 2019.
ABOUT TORKLIFT INTERNATIONAL
Celebrating 43 years in business, the Kay family opened Torklift as a one-bay shop in Kent, WA in 1976. Today, Torklift is a manufacturer with over 3,000 dealers worldwide. With a manufacturing facility housing over 130 employees in Sumner, Wash., Torklift produces aftermarket and factory parts for the RV and automotive industries. Torklift has been named Manufacturer of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Best Place to Work and Best Family Business. To learn more, please visit www.torklift.com.