Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating 35 years for its Acuña, Mexico manufacturing facility this week.
Bendix first began manufacturing in Acuña with a single plant focused on assembly and machining for the company's Controls business unit in May 1988. Today, the campus has grown to three state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a bustling logistics center, with a fourth plant, a model for high-tech production, now under construction.
The Acuña campus engages in manufacturing, remanufacturing, and assembly across a wide range of products – actuators, air dryers, antilock braking systems (ABS), compressors, integrated vehicle modules, and valves.
“The remarkable record of achievements that Bendix Acuña has compiled over 35 years includes growth initiatives, sustainability progress, and – as illustrated by the newest facility being built – ongoing expansion of its high-tech production capabilities,” says Mike Hawthorne, Bendix president and CEO. “Of equal note are the operation’s team members, men and women who are exceptional at their jobs while also being deeply community-minded. They have helped make Bendix Acuña a valued corporate citizen in both its home community and in Acuña’s sister city across the U.S. border, Del Rio, Texas.”
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Bendix's Acuña facility will grow later this year is a new production facility using advanced automation to produce two emerging next-generation technologies: Global Scalable Brake Control (GSBC) and Global Scalable Air Treatment (GSAT). The new 185,000 sq.-ft., plant will add to the Acuña operation’s existing 412,000 sq.-ft. The company says it will hire an estimated 200 employees for the plant, bringing the Acuña workforce to approximately 2,000 people.
Bendix Acuña also supports a distribution center in Mexico City that serves South American customers and houses the headquarters of Mexico-based OEM and aftermarket technical sales, training, and support teams. Bendix expanded its Mexican presence further in 2018, opening a new Technology Center in Monterrey.
“We’re proud of the home we’ve built here over 35 years,” says Jacqueline Perez, Bendix senior director of operations in Mexico. “Bendix Acuña is a place of momentum and energy, making an important contribution to our industry and our community. We’re excited for the next chapter – and many more beyond that.”