Bendix says 2 new production lines coming

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has announced plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a $3.8 million capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines in Huntington.

The lines will manufacture a portion of the company’s vibration damper product lines and will be installed in available space at the company’s Module Center.

Vibration engine dam-pers are used to reduce torsional vibration on engine crankshafts to prevent shaft failure and reduce noise. They also play a role in improved fuel economy.

Bendix is set to begin serial production of front gear train and bolted dampers at the facility in a phased approach expected to take place between April and July of 2018.

Company officials say the move is expected to add approximately 20 hourly jobs over three shifts and up to seven new salaried positions.

The location in Huntington supplements the manufacturing capacity of Bendix’s primary damper production plant in North Aurora, IL.

A significant contract with a key original equipment manufacturer customer, plus a production shift to align the company’s global footprint – more than doubling the North American business demands – prompted the expansion, the company says.

The new production in Huntington is expected to generate nearly 170,000 dampers per year on top of current volumes.

Bendix’s Huntington manufacturing campus opened in February 1980 and consists of four facilities with more than 420 employees.