Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is expanding its Huntington, Indiana, footprint with the addition of a sixth location.

The 409,000-sq ft facility will enable alignment of manufacturing operations and expanded opportunities to support the company’s commercial vehicle aftermarket business.

Bendix develops and manufactures active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles and has been operating in Huntington since 1980.

Currently, the company operates five locations within a 5-mile radius, including manufacturing, remanufacturing and assembly sites, as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution centre.

“We’re proud of our nearly 40-year history here and this purchase marks the start of another new chapter for our team in Huntington,” said Bendix COO, Carlos Hungria.

“Our newest addition is one more way we continue to optimise our manufacturing operations and distribution while addressing customer demand at the highest level possible.”

The facility is directly across from Bendix’s main plant in Huntington. The purchase price for the former Stride Rite distribution centre, shuttered in 2009, was not disclosed.

Bendix – which today employs nearly 440 team members in Huntington – expects to add around 40 additional jobs during a three-year period as it further ramps up operations. Approximately 30% of the floor space will be held in reserve to address long-term expansion opportunities.

The site features 45 freight docks and ultra high-bay racking capacity to optimise and introduce advanced technological options to Bendix’s warehousing and shipping operations, while also offering a nearly 60% increase in the campus’ three-shift distribution capability. Project planning for the facility has already started with initial operations to commence as early as first quarter, 2020.

“As a Tier 1 supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, it’s critical we start with a blank sheet of paper and pursue every option to further enhance our efficiency and productivity within this new location,” added Bendix plant manager in Huntington, Christopher Camp.

Camp noted in addition to Huntington County Economic Development, key partners in the building purchase project included the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.