Mickey Truck Bodies has launched a major expansion and upgrade of its van body operations in High Point, N.C., to support the division’s prolific growth. The plan covers two company-owned buildings that will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2022 and will be dedicated to van body assembly, finishing and chassis prep.
Demand for Mickey van bodies is very high, noted CEO Matt Sink.
“We have a great backlog of work, a very strong schedule and tremendous growth opportunities into next year and beyond,” he said. “We want to have both facilities operational for January 2022 because we have very ambitious production goals."
The company expects to hire more than 60 people within two years of both buildings being up and running. The two buildings total more than 72,000 square feet. The 55,280-square-foot building was purchased two years ago and has been used to manufacture composite panels for van bodies. An upfitted portion of the building will be designed for van assembly. A recently purchased 17,280-square-foot building is currently vacant and will be upfitted for van body finishing and chassis prep, Mickey reported.
The current project is the latest in the company’s capacity and capabilities expansion over the past several years, starting with the construction of a 20,000-square-foot liftgate installation facility at its main manufacturing campus in High Point, which was followed by a 70,000-square-foot assembly plant, also in High Point. In July 2017 Mickey opened a $7 million van body manufacturing plant in Berwick, Pa., to serve the Northeast markets.