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June 21, 2012

Plainfield company continues to expand

Meritor celebrates $2.7 million in plant upgrades

PLAINFIELD — Plainfield company

continues to expand

The Meritor plant here has put nearly $3 million into plant improvements and company officials took time earlier this week to speak to local and industry media about its plans for the future.

Media from all over the country and other parts of the globe traveled to Plainfield to learn what the company is doing — especially with its remanufacturing business here.

“When you walk away from here today, I want you to see the dedication we have to the remanufacturing business and our continued efforts to improve quality of our products,” said Doug Wolma, general manager for the Global Aftermarket Operations for Meritor.

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

The improvements to the Plainfield facility included six new pieces of production equipment. The equipment that has been installed includes two pass-thru ovens to aid in cleaning efficiencies, two latest-technologies “barrel blasters” (which replace 14 pieces of equipment previously used), an additional dual-cylinder coining press, and new automation to feed equipment with less material handling.

“The transformation of this facility has been absolutely phenomenal,” Wolma said.

 The 275,000-square-foot Plainfield structure recently underwent a significant facility upgrade. Three years ago, the company invested $1 million in its paint system, a step in manufacturing the market-accepted Meritor PlatinumShield™ remanufactured brake shoe.

With more than 15 million PlatinumShield brake shoes in service, along with thousands of Meritor brand and all-makes axle carriers, transmissions, hydraulic brake calipers, steering gears, and drivelines, Meritor is leveraging its experience to enhance the performance of current product lines and grow its remanufactured product portfolio. Wolma said this demand for remanufactured products will only grow in the future.

“We see the scope going beyond the mechanical type products remanufactured in large quantities today and expanding into more sophisticated electronic components,” he said. “Our product portfolio will grow, change, shift, and broaden to include electronics, controls, and mechatronics.”

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