Tommy Gate plant expansion progresses

Woodbine Manufacturing Company, which produces the Tommy Gate hydraulic lift, is finishing the first phase of a three-phase factory expansion project. This initial phase includes the addition of 40,000 square feet of warehouse space and administrative offices.

Located in Woodbine IA, the original Woodbine Manufacturing plant was called an “ultra-modern” addition to the town in 1965. Still on the same piece of land 45 years later, the factory has seen quite a few expansions. The most recent one was just over 10 years ago. That construction nearly doubled the pre-existing factory space by adding a 74,2502-sq-ft assembly floor.

Although phases two and three of the project have not officially been scheduled, they are expected to be completed within the next five years. Those plans call for the rebuilding of 70,000 square feet of existing floor space built between 1965 and 1980 into 90,000 square feet with more modern equipment and a more ‘streamline’ flow of manufacturing. The plans also include the remodeling of 3,000 square feet of manufacturing space into new engineering offices and a laboratory.

Photos of the construction progress can be viewed at “Tommy Gate Official Page” at

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