Skyjack opens new Mexico factory
By Euan Youdale16 January 2023
Skyjack has opened its new manufacturing facility in Mexico. The news comes months ahead of Linamar’s original announcement.
Announced by ALH in November 2022, the 200,000 square foot factory started production on 12 January in Ramos Arizpe and will manufacture Skyjack’s telehandler and boom range. The first model off the line was a SJ1056 TH telehandler.
It wlll be followed by an additional 490,000 square foot facility, set to come on line in the third quarter of 2023 and complements significant increases in capacity at the company’s headquarters in Canada.
Ken McDougall, president of Skyjack, said, “We have been at physical and labour 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.”
Production ramps up
Work began on the greenfield site in March 2022 by construction company Amistad. Jesús Ma. Ramón, president of Amistad commented, “For over four decades we’ve been helping Global companies such as Skyjack establish and grow game-changing facilities throughout Mexico and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
Once complete, the 690,000 square foot facility’s output will represent a significant increase in units compared to Skyjack’s 2022 global telehandler and boom capacity, said the manufacturer.
The opening 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 McDougall.
Angel Riquelme Solis, 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.”
McDougall added, “I would like to make a special thank you to the Coahuila State Government, The City Government of Ramos Arizpe, and the Economic Department of the State of Coahuila; all your help and consideration is much appreciated. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”