M.H. EBY Starts Manufacturing at New Plant in Ephrata, Pennsylvania
The 100,000 square foot facility on 17 acres was acquired in August of 2017 and will build a wide variety of all-aluminum trailers and truck bodies.
“We are pleased to have this new plant up and running several months ahead of schedule,” said Travis Eby, President of M.H. EBY. “Our initial plans called for production to begin in the summer of 2018. With the help of Ephrata township personnel, a lot of hard work by our employees, and a terrific effort by key suppliers, we were able to take months off the initial schedule.”
EBY operates two other plants in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and will continue to operate those plants as most manufacturing operations are moved to the new facility, company officials said. A new corporate office is also planned for the Ephrata site.
The first products off the line in Ephrata will be specialized truck bodies manufactured in partnership with a major fleet management company for a large U.S. client. Completed trucks will begin shipping in late March 2018.
Beyond bricks and mortar, EBY made new investments in state-of-the-art fabrication equipment. “We bought a new laser-punch combo, a robotic bending cell, and an additional 4-axis mill to expand our fabrication capacity,” said Gary Musselman, Head of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Operations. “The technology really accelerates our strategy of producing a wide variety of highly-customized equipment.”
EBY manufactures a full range of all aluminum trailers, including utility trailers, equipment trailers, livestock semi-trailers, and horse trailers. EBY’s truck body line includes aluminum platform bodies, dump bodies, service bodies and van bodies. The company also manages contracts to design and build custom equipment for unique commercial applications.
M.H. EBY is a family owned company that designs and builds all aluminum trailers and truck bodies at 4 manufacturing plants and 6 service facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota.
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