Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment, a subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., announced the opening of a new 90,000 square foot ship-thru facility in Kansas City, Mo. The new facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis.
The facility has been granted ship-thru code 31G (assembly plant D9K) for the Ford Transit and the F-150 and will primarily install commercial van interiors as well as F-150 upfits and accessories.
The new Dejana location is in close proximity to Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) which will enable the company to quickly move vehicles to the upfitting operation and then out for distribution to dealerships nationwide. The facility has the ability to accommodate over 300 vehicles through storage, staging, and production, entirely indoors, out of the elements, in a climate-controlled environment.
The Kansas City operation is Dejana’s tenth manufacturing facility and its second ship-thru location. The facility has two primary assembly lines with adjacent production areas for pre-assembly, electrical, decaling, and quality control. It also has 1,500 square feet of office space for Dejana’s engineering, production, and general administrative staff. The entire production process is being developed using the proprietary Douglas Dynamics Manufacturing System (DDMS) for maximum throughput and efficiency.
The facility is fully operational and production ready. Job #1 is expected through the facility in the fourth quarter of 2017 and Dejana’s fleet management team is accepting orders from Ford Dealerships, fleet accounts, and leasing companies nationwide.