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Kalmar celebrated ground breaking ceremony to expand its Ottawa site in Kansas, USA



Kalmar, part of Cargotec, officially broke ground on an expansion project for the Kalmar Ottawa manufacturing plant in Kansas, USA, on 11 May 2016. Key improvements will include the refurbishment and expansion of the facilities to improve employee safety, security, efficiency and well-being. Additionally, Kalmar will construct a test track for testing and on-site customer events. The Ottawa plant is focusing on the assembly of Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors for the Americas region. 

Dave Wood, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Service, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Americas, said, "This expansion reflects our commitment to long-term success at Kalmar Ottawa. We strive to improve our resources, processes and personnel, to maintain and grow our legacy as the dominant global manufacturer of terminal tractors. Perhaps just as important, it is a visual reminder of our commitment to the community where it all began more than 60 years ago."

"Being able to safely test and demonstrate our trucks' capabilities in a real-world environment was a key part of our expansion plan, said Alan Wilson, Director of Operations. The course gives us an onsite proving ground for the Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. Operators will be able to practice turning, backing and manoeuvring the terminal tractor in a dedicated area, apart from manufacturing and staging areas."

As the world's leader in terminal tractors offering the most comprehensive range of models for warehouse and distribution operations, ports and rail terminals, Kalmar's commitment to continuous product development has resulted in many industry firsts. Besides being the original manufacturer of terminal tractors, Kalmar Ottawa was the first to offer machines with an automatic transmission, a rear door entry, integral air conditioning units, power cab tilt and ABS brake systems. Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors were also the first on the market to receive DOT/EPA certification - a paramount classification for distribution and industrial customers whose operation entails shunting trailers between yards via public streets and roadways.

In the photo: Kalmar celebrated yesterday at its manufacturing plant in Ottawa, Kansas, USA, with Olli Isotalo, President, Kalmar, Mika Vehviläinen, President and CEO, Cargotec, Alan Wilson, Director, Operations, Chris Booth, Vice President, Terminal Tractors and Dan Pettersson, Senior Vice President, Mobile Equipment officially breaking ground at the site.


Further information for the press:

David L. Wood, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Service, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Americas, tel, +1 503 705 9261, 

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2015 totalled approximately EUR 3.7 billion and it employs almost 11,000 people.


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