OUR PRODUCTS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND, AND A NEW MISSISSIPPI FACILITY PROVIDES A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE THAT WILL BENEFIT OUR CUSTOMERS AND EXTENSIVE DEALER NETWORK...
- Johnathon McLaughlin
New Way Trucks Executive Vice President
Scranton, IA (October 21, 2019) - New Way Trucks, Inc., an Iowa-based refuse truck manufacturer, is proud to announce that they will be expanding operations to a 152,000 square foot facility located at 1 Wolverine Drive in Booneville, Mississippi. Initially titled 'Project Wolverine', New Way Trucks has worked closely with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to secure this strategic site. The project will initially create 100 jobs.
"We are thrilled to be working with the team from Booneville, Prentiss County, and the state of Mississippi who have already made us feel at home," said New Way CEO Mike McLaughlin.
New Way plans to start operations within the next three months. Once operational, the company will begin manufacturing its Cobra™ and Viper™ rear loaders with other products to follow. New fabrication equipment is being scheduled for delivery and installation at the new site.
"Our products are in high demand, and a new Mississippi facility provides a strategic advantage that will benefit our customers and extensive dealer network," said New Way Trucks Executive Vice President Johnathon McLaughlin. "A fourth manufacturing facility will allow New Way to establish a new industry standard in efficient, time-critical solid waste equipment deliveries meeting the demand of our dealers and end-users."
The site was selected for its ability to meet several needs of the company. The Booneville facility is essentially move-in-ready and met capability requirements with overhead cranes, lighting, and sufficient power. Boasting 40 acres of land, there is room for on-site expansion if needed. Workforce availability was another determining factor in the final decision. New Way will begin the hiring process soon, with job listings being posted on the company's website. The refuse truck manufacturer has also partnered up with the local job networks and Northeast Mississippi Community College to recruit top talent in the area.
MDA and the State of Mississippi have been supportive throughout the entire process by assisting New Way Trucks in achieving its expansion goals.
"The addition of New Way Trucks to the Booneville business community shows industry leaders around the country that Mississippi is the place where manufacturing companies seeking a top-notch, skilled workforce and supportive business environment can expect to enjoy years of growth and success," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "Leaders at the state and local levels are dedicated to strengthening communities through economic growth, as evidenced by New Way's commitment to create 100 jobs in Prentiss County."
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New Way is happy to report that both the Cobra/Viper rear-load and Sidewinder XTR ASL lines are online. Our operational and production rates continue to increase. In addition:
Since the manufacturing facility in Booneville opened in January, there has been no shortage of excitement. Job applications continue to pour in, and the Cobra/Viper production line is fully operational as new units have begun rolling out. The Sidewinder line should be up and running soon: it's scheduled to come online in April.
It has been just over a month since the first welding arc was struck in Booneville, and we're off to a great start; in fact, progress continues as the first units near completion. Our team continues to train new hires at our headquarters in Scranton before sending them down to begin work at 1 Wolverine Drive. To date, we have rotated 45 employees through Scranton for training. Production on our Cobra™ and Viper™ rear-loaders is humming along; the production of our stock Sidewinder XTR™ ASLs will begin in the next 30 to 60 days.
A few recent developments include:
Project Wolverine is shifting into high gear. Every day, we are making strides in preparing the Booneville, Mississippi, facility for production and educating new employees on production processes. Groups of Booneville welders, engineers, and hydraulics specialists are being trained in Scranton, Iowa, for both Cobra and Sidewinder product lines. On-site, we have reached the following milestones:
Gaining media attention, our workforce training partnership with Northeast Mississippi Community College was recently featured on a WTVA local news segment called "Skilled to Work".
On December 3-5, New Way hosted a hiring fair and initial round of interviews at our new plant in Booneville, Mississippi. We're now standing at over 680 applications for 100 job openings. The building continues to be prepped, and equipment shipments remain a constant. The first round of job offers have been extended, and new hires will initially travel to Iowa to receive two weeks of robust on-the-job training from our current employees. Production is slated to begin in January.
In case you missed it, we recently announced some huge news - New Way Trucks is expanding manufacturing capabilities to a new facility in Booneville, Mississippi starting in 2020. Project Wolverine is already off to a blistering start. Equipment deliveries have already begun, and we're holding a hiring career fair on December 3rd. To date, over 475 applicants have expressed interest in joining the New Way family. It doesn't look like we'll have any trouble filling the 100 initial open positions!