Truck cover manufacturer A.R.E. has opened a new facility in Dundee, Ohio, to handle aluminum fabrication operations for the company’s line of premium aluminum truck covers.
A.R.E.’s Dundee plant – located near the company’s existing operations in Massillon, Ohio and Mt. Eaton, Ohio – houses production for the Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU) and Classic Aluminum Series truck caps. The 70,000-square-foot facility is designed to increase productivity while maintaining quality, safety, cleanliness and organization.
"We recognized a strong need to expand our manufacturing operations with this Dundee facility after experiencing growing market share in our commercial business and increased fleet activity," said Jim Blayne, national fleet sales manager at A.R.E. "This growth also led to a need for more custom-molded fiberglass production at our current Mt. Eaton facility. Moving aluminum production to Dundee allows us to organize our operations for more efficient output, as well as manufacturing the best quality products at both locations."
The new assembly line at Dundee was thoughtfully designed for maximum through-put. Raw materials and sub-assemblies flow precisely where and when they are needed to avoid traffic jams on the line. Necessary tools are accessible at arm’s reach, and all air hoses hang from the ceiling, out of the way, to prevent tripping and improve safety at the plant. A.R.E. has also expanded its welding area to create more space and better work area lighting for the welders.
In addition, the Dundee facility features a state-of-the-art, water-based paint system that is environmentally friendly and offers OE-quality finishes for the truck covers.