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Perkins Master Distributor Consolidates Operations in new Arizona Facility | Construction News

Perkins Master Distributor Consolidates Operations in new Arizona Facility | Construction News

In construction news, Southwest Products Corp.'s (SWP) is moving its corporate headquarters, manufacturing, and distribution operations to a 175,000 sq.ft. facility in Surprise, Ariz. As one of the original Perkins master distributors, SWP has been selling and providing aftermarket support for Perkins products since 1997.

“This facility is one of the greatest highlights of our 56 year history, and it will spearhead our efforts to be both a regional distributor and a global manufacturer for decades to come,” said SWP president Tom Haney. “I think the most important aspect of this building is that it will allow us to meet our customer demand for quality products from both our truck and power divisions.”

“The Southwest Products OEM sales team and their outstanding service and support network have been key factors in the success of Perkins diesel engines and generator sets in this important market,” noted Karl Vandermyde, Perkins director industrial sales and marketing, Americas. “We are pleased to have played a role in the on-going success that has allowed Southwest Products to bring more than 100 employees together into their new headquarters facility.”

Located on 17 acres, the new facility includes a distribution and manufacturing warehouse three times the size of their current facility in Phoenix, with improved systems aimed at streamlining processes and accommodating recent production growth. SWP’s sales and executive offices, as well as their project management, computer modeling, and purchasing teams will also be located at the new building in Surprise.

The new warehouse is complete with overhead cranes throughout the manufacturing area, and also contains a new high-tech sandblasting booth, two downdraft paint booths, an 800 CFM screw air compressor, a 50-ton press brake, and shears and rolls, among other equipment. Eighteen heavy-duty bridge cranes with lift capabilities ranging from one-half to five tons, as well as four gantry cranes are in place to help streamline the manufacturing processes.

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