A Council Bluffs company that builds truck bodies and related equipment is moving forward with expansion.
Omaha Standard Palfinger, 3501 S. 11th St., is building a logistical center south of its headquarters to move inbound and outbound materials and products more efficiently, a spokesman said.
“If you look at our current finished goods, it’s fairly congested,” said Jason Holt, vice president of operations.
The expansion will involve the construction of five additional loading docks that will allow safer, easier and quicker loading and unloading from the rear, making it more efficient, he said.
“The goal is to improve our shipping. We’re preparing ourselves for future growth.”
The company acquired nearly five acres to the south for expansion last October, Holt said, and the new loading dock area should be completed in mid-October.
The docks will be covered and illuminated to allow use in bad weather and at night. There will also be trailer storage space for up to 20 loaded and unloaded trailers, Holt said. This will allow loading bays within the headquarters building to be used for other operations.
Established in 1926, Omaha Standard has been a manufacturer of an extensive line of truck bodies and truck equipment. In 2006, the company moved from its former location on West Broadway after constructing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Lake Manawa.
Two years later, it was acquired by Palfinger, a European company.
“They are huge over there, and we’re trying to get that name in the marketplace here,” said Catie Burghart, the company’s director of first impressions.
The company is looking to hire about a dozen welders, along with a couple of information technology specialists, Burghart said.