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Milestone reached on new Liebherr USA Co. headquarters construction project

Milestone reached on new Liebherr USA Co. headquarters construction project

  • $45 million expansion also includes state of the art warehouse and workshop facility
  • The project will add over 251,000 square feet to the company’s campus

The final piece of structural steel was recently installed at the Liebherr USA, Co. new headquarters building – a significant construction milestone. Work is on schedule for completion in 2020. The project will house Liebherr USA, Co. employees working in administration, finance, marketing, human resources, sales and service, product support, production and distribution for nine product units.

The final structural steel was recently placed on Liebherr’s new administration building in Newport News, VA.

Members of the Liebherr family, executive management and Newport News city officials gathered in July 2018 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the $45 million project, which marks a new chapter for Liebherr in the United States. The company has outgrown its existing four-story administration building, which is 100 percent occupied.

Favorable weather has allowed construction to proceed without any significant delays, according to safety and facilities manager Terrence Leo. Curtain walls are now being installed on the state-of-the-art four-story administration building. Vertical metal stud framing is underway and the building’s weather barrier is being placed. Next, concrete floor slabs will be poured and windows will be installed. Once the buildings are closed in, work can continue in any weather. A new warehouse and workshop also are part of this expansive project.

Modern warehouse will significantly increase capacity

“The new Liebherr USA, Co. warehouse in Newport News will allow all aspects of our logistics operation to be fully centralized and integrated into a modern state of the art facility,“ said Oliver Frey, general manager of warehousing and logistics. “The new Liebherr USA facility will provide the latest safety features and an increase of 50 percent in storage capacity. In addition to the increased shelf space, the warehousing will also incorporate a dual shuttle vertical lifting machine to increase small component picking speed and storage capacity over our existing single shuttle unit.”

Frey added that “all pallet racking will be modernized to include the latest safety features and location barcoding will be implemented for all bin locations. Our receiving and shipping departments will also be ergonomically separated to allow for better material flow through the facility versus our current conditions.”

Concrete aprons on the east and south sides of the warehouse will provide outdoor storage for large components such as counterweights, track chains, and sticks. The south apron will also feature a large canopy for inbound and outbound freight staging. A two-story office and conference room for managers and staff will be located on the warehouse’s south side. Frey said an overview of the entire logistics operation is possible from these offices.

Work on the warehouse portion of the expansion project is ongoing.

Workshop facility will enhance customer support and service

Liebherr’s Houston, Texas-based mobile and crawler cranes workshop has also outgrown its capacity. The division is opening a second workshop for cranes and construction equipment in Newport News to accommodate a growing East Coast customer base. The mobile and crawler cranes division will have three stations to service and repair equipment. This will allow the division to improve its efficiency and productivity.

Twelve repair stations will be available for the earthmoving division – an increase from the eight currently available – for equipment modifications and pre-delivery inspections. In addition, the building will also house a semi-knockdown kit assembly area for concrete pumps.  Warehouse roof installation is underway and foundation work is in progress for the workshop.

When completed, the new buildings will add over 251,000 square feet to the company’s existing 560,000 square foot campus. The existing four-story administration building will be retained, renovated and fully occupied by Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News, Co. Liebherr‘s manufacturing of large mining gauge trucks will continue in Newport News.

After nearly 50 years of operation in Newport News, Liebherr is at another positive growth juncture. This investment in administrative, warehouse and workshop facilities greatly expands the company’s operations and demonstrates Liebherr’s long-term commitment to Virginia and the US market.

An artistic rendering of the completed Liebherr USA expansion project.

About Liebherr USA, Co.

Liebherr USA, Co., based in Newport News, VA, provides sales and service on behalf of nine different Liebherr product units: construction equipment; mining; mobile and crawler cranes; tower cranes; concrete technology; foundation equipment; maritime cranes; components and appliances, which includes refrigerators and freezers.

About Liebherr Group

Established in 1949, the Liebherr Group is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving equipment and a supplier of innovative user-oriented products and services in many other fields. The family-owned company employs more than 43,000 people in more than 130 companies on all continents. Liebherr’sproduct range covers earthmoving and material handling machinery, mining equipment, mobile cranes, tower cranes, concrete technology, domestic appliances, maritime cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, machine tools and automation systems as well as high-performance components for mechanical, hydraulic and electrical drive and control technology. Liebherr also operates hotels in Ireland, Austria, and Germany

Liebherr Announces The Formation Of Liebherr USA, Co. To Further Expand Its Brand Positioning In The U.S.

Liebherr leverages the organization’s capabilities and announces the formation of Liebherr USA, Co., a simpler structure with a broader reach. 

Liebherr began operation in 1949 with Hans Liebherr and the invention of the TK10, the first mobile tower crane.  The company that once employed 110 people and recorded net sales of $ 1.27 million USD in 1950 is now one of the world’s largest and most successful manufacturers of construction and earthmoving machinery employing more than 41,000 people in 50 countries with total sales of $10.3 billion USD in 2015.

Liebherr’s success and expansion in North America followed a similar pattern to its success in Europe and throughout the world.  Liebherr’s commitment to the United States market began in 1970 with the construction of its manufacturing facilities and North American headquarters in Newport News, VA. Over the years  new companies were formed  to fulfill customer needs in different industries.

“As we continue to grow our brand in the United States we are transitioning into a mixed-sales company” said Dr. Torben Reher, Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. “We are confident that this new platform will leverage the existing know-how and expertise among Liebherr divisions providing Liebherr business partners and customers with an exceptional and consistent experience in the United States,” Reher continued.

Liebherr USA, Co., the newly formed mixed-sales organization, will serve as the umbrella company and the existing Liebherr sales and service companies will become divisions of Liebherr USA, Co.  Excluded are Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc., Liebherr Automation Systems, Co., and Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News, Co.  However, sales and service for mining equipment in the U.S. will be incorporated into Liebherr USA, Co.

“Liebherr USA, Co. will allow us to approach our customers more efficiently and ultimately increase customer satisfaction in the US.”  said, Peter Mayr, Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. and Head of the Liebherr Construction Equipment Division.

Liebherr USA, Co. will be organized into eight different divisions as illustrated in the diagram below.

Liebherr USA organization_2 4In practical terms, all points of contact and business relationships will remain the same for our business partners and all contracts/programs/arrangements/agreements will remain in effect.

Daniel Pitzer, Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. and Head of the Mobile and Crawler Cranes Division, stated, “Liebherr in the United States is an amazing success story that was made possible by our loyal American customers. The formation of Liebherr USA, Co. will elevate our organization to a higher level.” Pitzer ended by saying, “I’m extremely proud and excited for our customers and for Liebherr to ‘Be Part of something BIGGER’ going forward!” making reference to Liebherr’s new company and emphasizing the strong statement Liebherr made earlier this year during Bauma.

The new organization will become effective on June 1, 2016. Liebherr USA, Co. will be led by a team consisting of three managing directors who will be responsible for providing strategic direction.

Effective June 1, 2016 the following companies will be incorporated into Liebherr USA, Co: Liebherr-America, Inc.,(including Tower Cranes, Refrigerators and Freezers),  Liebherr Components North America, Co., Liebherr Concrete Technology, Co. Liebherr Construction Equipment, Co., Liebherr Equipment Source, Liebherr Cranes, Inc., Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News, Co. (Sales & Service in the U.S. only) and  Liebherr Nenzing Crane, Co. Excluded are Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc., Liebherr Automation Systems, Co., and Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co.

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In Memory of Duane Arthur Wilder — February 3, 1953 – August 13, 2015

 

UnknownDuane Wilder, 62, passed away on August 13th while resting in his home in Williamsburg, VA. Born in Alpena, MI, he was the oldest son of Shirley (Keetch) and the late Arthur Wilder, and the brother of Darwin and Dennis Wilder. He is survived by his wife, Jackie (Morris) and their 3 children: Samantha Wilder, Cody Wilder, and Nicole Maaguo, along with her husband and their 3 children, Nadia, Olivia and Greyson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was the first person in his family to graduate college, completing his degree at Briar Cliff College.

Duane was a respected businessman who started his career as a young co-owner of Alpena Ford Tractor, before marrying and moving to Iowa to launch a career with J.I. Case Corporation in their Manager Training program. Duane’s work ethic, business sense and friendly nature led to the first of many promotions in his career when he became Retail Operations Manager, North America for J.I. Case in Racine, WI. He would continue to rise and lead multiple agricultural and heavy equipment companies to significant growth, including his 11-year term as President of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.

Duane took great pride in his ability to provide jobs and would surprise employees with handwritten cards after an illness or birthday. His approachable nature earned him many friends and respect within the industry, serving roles as Board Member and Treasurer for AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturers), Board Member and Vice Chair for CE Sector, Board Member for AED Foundation (Association of Equipment Distributors), Member of AED Industry Roundtable, Life Member of and past State and National Judge for Future Farmers of America, President of Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair Industrial Development Commission in Ida Grove, IA.

Always a proud father, Duane recently gathered with his family and grandchildren to celebrate his youngest daughter’s law school graduation in May. Arrangements are by the Nelson Funeral Home with Green Funeral Home assisting. Friends and family are invited for a ceremony to celebrate Duane’s life beginning with visitation at 9:30am on Wednesday, August 19th at Hillman Free Methodist Church, followed by a Service at 11:00am. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Alpena Community College Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students, in lieu of flowers (http://discover.alpenacc.edu/about_acc/donate.php)

Editor’s note: I was fortunate to have had the privilege of knowing Duane during his days at CASE, AEM and his leadership role at Liebherr. His contributions to the industry made a difference and the void his passing leaves will never be filled.