Husqvarna Expands N.C. FacilityHusqvarna recently completed a significant expansion of the assembly operation for handheld products at its Charlotte, N.C., facilities. The expansion added approximately 16,000 square feet to the operation and increased assembly capabilities to eight trimmer products, four chain saws, two blowers, and accessories.
The expansion allows Husqvarna to be more responsive to dealer needs, providing additional flexibility in the assembly and shipment of products. Husqvarna will also be able to manage inventory, especially finished goods, more efficiently and effectively. Initial production with the enhanced facility began in January and faced the immediate challenge of meeting the demands of the trimmer selling season. The employee group was fulfilling product orders while moving, setting up and training on new equipment for the new location.
“This was a complicated process, since we had to maintain inventory and manage our existing assembly operation while creating new systems for inventory management,” said Kevin Beaulieu, vice president, products and supply chain management for Husqvarna. “It’s a real tribute to our associates – this extremely large project was handled smoothly by a talented team.”
The expansion includes the addition of a new UV sealer that will allow Husqvarna to take advantage of “clamshell” style packaging for many products. After receiving quality approval from Husqvarna’s parent company in Sweden in February, the operation was systematically brought up to full production. The expanded assembly operation has exceeded projected unit production by approximately 50 percent to date.
“The expansion of our assembly operation in Charlotte will provide benefits throughout our system,” said David Zerfoss, president of Husqvarna. “We are in a better position to react to the needs of our dealers, and better prepared to handle changes in model needs.”