Nelson Global Products announced Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. plans to expand into Mexico with a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Monterrey, Mexico (city of Garcia, state of Nuevo Leon).
Full production is set to begin in 45 days, as Nelson will serve the major commercial truck, off-highway and recreational vehicle manufacturers that have production facilities in the region. The company says it will manufacture precision formed tubing and sheet metal structural fabrications, along with exhaust tubing, mufflers, and emissions system components for its broad range of commercial vehicle and outdoor power customers.
The 180,000 sq. ft. facility will be equipped with the latest technology in tube- and flat-bed lasers, as well as manual and robotic welding cells. Computer Numerical Control tube benders will assure OEM customers of tight tolerance controls and ultimate quality, the company says.
“Expanding our excellent service and supply, with closer proximity to our customer base in this important North America region, aligns perfectly with our company’s global strategic growth plan,” says Tom Gosnell, CEO of Nelson Global Products. “Our new facility in Mexico is in direct response to our customers who sought local technical and manufacturing support and reduced logistics costs. Our new facility demonstrates our commitment to grow internationally with our partners.
Monterrey is the company’s fifth international location, and a sixth location is planned for India by year-end.
Other facilities in the Nelson manufacturing network that build similar products in the U.S. for other OEM customers include those operations in Clinton, Tenn, Black River Falls, Wis., and Cambridge, Minn.
Over the past year, Nelson announced its second acquisition in Brazil — with the latest being a structural tube manufacturer–-TuboPress in Araucaria, Brazil. It is supported by the manufacturing operation at Envall in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul.