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Link Mfg. breaks ground on new manufacturing, training facility

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Link Mfg., Ltd. has formally announced its plan to begin construction of a new 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and training facility.

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Company officials and dignitaries used gold-tipped ceremonial shovels to break ground in Sioux Center, Iowa, symbolically starting a construction process that is anticipated to be completed in December of 2021. The event was held on the site of the new Plant 4 facility, which will be located on Link’s Sioux Center campus, adjacent to and connected with its existing Plant 3 building. The company currently employs more than 200 staff members, and the new Plant 4 expansion is expected to result in the hiring of up to 50 more workers, the company says.

“Link’s recent acquisition of Hadley SmartValve Electronic Height Control Systems, Smart Air Management Systems (SAMS), dynamic air suspension control technology and expert staff significantly expands Link’s capabilities, increases its overall product depth and will stimulate the development of new innovations, while enhancing the company’s electrical engineering and software development capabilities,” said Jim Huls, president of Link Mfg. “Link now moves into the whole-vehicle suspension control segment of the heavy truck market, extending its reach into medium- and heavy-duty truck, tractor, trailer, motorcoach, transit bus, shuttle bus, recreational vehicle and specialty vehicle markets.”

Huls noted that the new space will allow Link to add and reconfigure manufacturing cells to accommodate the company’s new, broader product line. He said that the Plant 4 space will help Link as it turns more and more of its attention to engineering and manufacturing suspension control technologies.

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