CNH officials cut a ribbon stretched between a red Case IH tractor and a blue New Holland tractor Monday to ceremoniously open the new Special Processing Center at an industrial complex west of downtown Lebanon. It is now the third major facility for CNH Industrial in the complex.
The CNH Industrial is the new name for the North American operation after realignment that involved some Fiat engines, spokespersons say. Fiat, which owns the company, also owns Chrysler.
The master parts depot for North America is located at the Lebanon site, as is the receiving center. Parts from outside suppliers come to the receiving center.
The Special Processing Center will be used to do a number of things, including allow CNH Industrial to pre-package kits more efficiently for its business. Kits are popular because when the technician or farmer orders a part, everything that he needs to do the job is included. Several hundred kits have already been introduced in the crop and hay market, and many more will be introduced in the harvesting market for the spring of 2014.
The facility will also feature a paint room, which allows employees at the facility to paint parts that come in blemished or carrying signs of rust because of how they were transported from the original supplier. Instead of just touching up parts in need of redoing, the parts will be stripped and completely repainted. The process will save time because right now, the parts are shipped to a third party for retouching, and the process of shipping alone can take several days.
Officials say their goal is the best-in-class in parts delivery using these new facilities, coupled with the existing facilities at Lebanon. There are 10 other depots for parts around the country. Twenty people are employed at the Special Processing Center already. When it is fully staffed, at least 100 people will be employed.