The Shyft Group, North America's leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets, plans to open a new 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jupiter, Florida.
According to company officials, the facility will primarily be used for Strobes-R-Us specialty vehicle fleet upfit and retail sales, while providing the company's Utilimaster brand with additional regional manufacturing and assembly capacity. Production at the new Palm Beach County facility is expected to begin this fall.
Once complete, the flexible manufacturing facility will bring The Shyft Group's Florida-based regional manufacturing and distribution footprint to more than 50,000 square feet, immediately expanding the brand's upfit capacity and retail sales capabilities. The expansion is expected to immediately create 40 new skilled trades positions.
"Strobes-R-Us has been a leading supplier of upfit and lighting solutions for federal, state, and local government agencies for decades from its flagship Pompano Beach facility," said Daryl Adams, President and CEO, The Shyft Group. "Business wins have led to the recent need for expanded capacity in both the Strobes-R-Us and Utilimaster businesses. We are encouraged to see demand continue on an upward trajectory in both the last mile delivery and specialty service fleet arenas. Accordingly, we look forward to welcoming new employees to The Shyft Group family, in short order."
This past June, the company, formerly known as Spartan Motors, Inc., said it rebranded to The Shyft Group to be more reflective of its next phase of business transformation focused on high-growth commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets, and to follow the divestiture of its Emergency Response business. The name represents speed, efficiency, agility, and a high-intensity approach, which corresponds with the company's pivot in market focus and the forward momentum garnered in the work truck, specialty service, and delivery vehicle markets. The company reported sales of $757 million in 2019 from continued operations.