Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 23, 2007) - Jervis B. Webb Company - a world leader in material-handling solutions - today announced new business with automotive manufacturer Chrysler Group to install a new material handling system and renovate existing systems at the company’s St. Louis Missouri South Assembly plant. Webb also will deliver 50 of its SmartCart® Automatic Guided Carts (AGC) for use in the plant’s general assembly facility. The project is scheduled to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2007.
“Throughout the company’s history, Webb has built its reputation and expertise on the ability to provide automotive customers with reliable and innovative material handling systems,” said Bruce Buscher, vice president of automotive & industrial sales and marketing. “The work that we are doing with the Chrysler Group demonstrates our value as a solution-based supplier with the flexibility to custom-build a system that addresses a manufacturer’s specific needs.”
Webb will install a total of six miles of new conveyor throughout the St. Louis facility; two miles within the body shop and four miles in the general assembly facility. The new conveyor will consist of Webb’s Inverted Power & Free and Overhead Power & Free systems. Power & Free conveyors are ideally suited for demanding industrial environments that require a high degree of versatility and dependability, as well as the ability to stop individual loads without disrupting an entire production line.
In addition to the new conveyor, Webb will also renovate the existing material handling systems in the body shop, and final assembly shop. For the plant’s paint shop, the work will include installation of a Selectivity Bank, which will be utilized for resequencing painted vehicle bodies prior to trimming.
In the general assembly, Webb is integrating a SmartCart system comprised of 50 new SmartCart AGCs. SmartCart is a cost-effective vehicle guided by magnetic tape. Its flexibility allows manufacturers to change and install the guidepath quickly and easily – sometimes in a matter of hours. The SmartCart’s carrier can be replaced to accommodate different types of products. Chrysler Group plans to use the SmartCarts for transporting vehicle instrument panels.
Chrysler Group manufactures the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans at the St. Louis South Assembly plant. Webb’s contract with Chrysler Group is a component of the OEM’s overall strategy to invest as much as $1 billion in its two St. Louis-area manufacturing facilities. The 2.64 million square-foot St. Louis South plant was constructed in 1959.
About Jervis B. Webb
Jervis B. Webb Company is a world leader in developing innovative material handling technology and systems. The privately owned corporation specializes in the design, engineering, installation and support of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, beverage, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations in Harbor Springs and Boyne City, Mich.; Carlisle, S.C.; Canada; India; and China. The company was founded in 1919 by Jervis B. Webb who invented the forged rivetless chain conveyor that helped revolutionize mass production.