Morgan Corporation, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of medium-duty truck bodies, revealed plans to expand its manufacturing footprint with a new plant to be built in the Midwest and opening early next year. A site-selection process is in progress, considering locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
No budget has been announced for the project. The manufacturer currently has 12 manufacturing locations, though its only Midwest presence is in Janesville, Wis.
“Our business continues to expand rapidly as we launch new products and gain market share,” stated president and COO Norb Markert. “This has led us to conclude that we must install additional capacity to meet the growing needs and demands of our current and future customers.”
Morgan produces truck and van bodies for Class 3 through Class 7 vehicles, which is a range that includes the largest ‘light-duty’ trucks (10,00–14,000 lb. gross vehicle weight, e.g., Dodge Ram 350, Ford E- and F-350, and GMC Sierra 3500), through the smallest ‘heavy-duty’ trucks (26,000-33,000 lb. GVW, e.g., Ford F-750 and GMC C7500.)
Morgan provides box truck/straight truck bodies used for dry freight and refrigerated industries. Truck bodies are available to accommodate a wide range of cargo configurations, e.g., parcel delivery, furniture movers, heavy-equipment hauling, insulated and refrigerated units, bottled gas transport, and flatbed/stake & platform bodies.
In recent years, Morgan introduces dump and service truck bodies for landscapers and contractors.
The new operation is estimated to cover 160,000 sq.ft., and Morgan indicated it expects to employ approximately 175 workers.
According to Markert, “Morgan’s proximity to its customers is an important part of improving customer service. Our decision to operate a plant in the Midwest will enable Morgan to better meet the needs of its customers and to more aggressively compete in this strategic region.”