Skyjack celebrated the opening of a new 200,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The ceremony was attended by Miguel Angel Riquelme Solis, Governor of Coahuila, José María Morales Padilla, Mayor of Ramos Arizpe, Mario Bres Garza, Secretary of Economy of the State of Coahuila and Ken McDougall, President of Skyjack. They officially opened the facility by delivering a ceremonial stone and plaque, commemorating the official start of work on the additional 490,000 sq ft facility and the first week’s production of telehandlers, an SJ1056 TH.
The new facility will produce Skyjack’s telehandler and boom equipment, following capacity expansions at the company’s existing plants in Canada. “We have been at physical and labor capacity at our Canadian facilities for some time now and we have invested heavily in vertical integration there with a focus on DC slab scissors, vertical masts, and rough terrain scissors. Moving the telehandler and boom range to the Ramos Arizpe plant will help pave the way for that Canadian based growth and allows to answer the increased demand we have for our telehandler and boom range,” McDougall noted.
Miguel Angel Riquelme Solis, Governor of Coahuila, who officially opened the facility said, “I am very pleased to be here today to open this Skyjack facility which represents an investment of $80 million and plans to employ 600 workers. I would like to highlight Skyjack’s speedy preparation and their welcome to and training of Coahuila based employees.”
Construction on the new, undeveloped site began in March 2022, and was carried out by Amistad. This announcement marks the completion of phase one of a two-part project. The second phase, which began later in 2022, will add an additional 490,000 sq ft of space, set to be operational by Q3 2023. In summary, McDougall said, “Once complete the 690,000 sq ft vertically integrated facility will create an output which will represent a significant increase in unit terms when compared to Skyjack’s current (2022) global telehandler and boom capacity.”