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Link-Belt Cranes completes $9 million parts warehouse expansion


January 6, 2022
By Crane & Hoist Canada staff

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LInk-belt crane partsLink-Belt Cranes invested $9 million into the expansion (Photo: Link-Belt Cranes)

Link-Belt Cranes has finished a warehouse expansion that adds 60,000 square feet of new space to its Parts Distribution Center.

The expansion brings the total size of parts space to 132,000 square feet and represents a $9 million investment in the global headquarters of Link-Belt Cranes in Lexington, Kentucky.

“We are fortunate to have the ongoing, long-term support of our owners, SHI (Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd.), who continue to invest in our business during these uncertain times,” said Link-Belt Cranes President and CEO Melvin Porter.

“Their strong belief in the Link-Belt brand and business unit provides our company the opportunity to expand at this scale and further improve our long-term strength in the global mobile crane market.”

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Following a lean philosophy of a Plan For Every Part (PFEP) the new warehouse expansion optimizes space by considering all internal assembly components and their corresponding production function.

Construction was also completed on two new receiving bay doors at Link-Belt’s Parts Distribution Center in fourth quarter 2020. This was the initial step in consolidation of the receiving function for all inbound production and service parts.

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“There are a lot of long-term benefits to this deep-dive into our parts warehouse – everything from where new parts are received, to how parts are counted and inventoried, to how that part makes its way to the production floor for assembly,” Porter said.

“You want the right part, oriented properly and delivered at the right time to ensure higher quality and reliability of the finished product. The same is true for service parts delivery.”

New parts enter through one consolidated receiving location and are then scanned and counted for inventory. In the new production parts warehouse, there is storage capacity of 104,000 square feet.