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Fontaine Modification expanding Texas modification center

Sept. 14, 2022
The post-production truck services provider is expanding their modification center to meet the backlog of orders seen across the commercial vehicle industry

Fontaine Modification is expanding one of its highest-volume and most-efficient truck modification centers. Work has begun on a 40,000-sq.-ft. addition to the existing 27,000-sq.-ft. facility in Laredo, Texas.

Fontaine’s Laredo location handles trucks that are assembled at Freightliner and Navistar plants in Mexico. As these trucks cross the border, they are all processed through a marshalling yard for delivery within the United States and Canada. Fontaine’s Laredo operation is connected to this yard, enabling Fontaine to work on the trucks while they remain in the OEM’s delivery system.

The center, led since 2018 by Juan Salazar, director of operations, runs two full-time shifts of engineers and assemblers to process 1,500 trucks per month.

“Traffic through the Laredo modification center has increased dramatically and is starting to strain our current building’s capacity,” said Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification, medium and heavy truck operations. “The additional production footprint provided by the expansion will bring much-needed relief to space constraints, allowing us to continue to improve efficiency, while the addition of full-service paint booth will contribute to expanding our service offerings.”

The Laredo operation has traditionally focused on high-volume fleet services. Once the expansion is complete, Fontaine anticipates offering heavier vocational truck modifications as well.

Work is expected to be complete in early 2023. The facility will remain open and at full production throughout construction.

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