Geith Ups Lead Times, Customer Service in Statesville Digs

Fri November 13, 2009 - Southeast Edition
Jennifer Hetrick

Justin Schultz (L) and Michael Fricchione, both in the operations group, stand in front of the Geith HDG 120 grapple.
Justin Schultz (L) and Michael Fricchione, both in the operations group, stand in front of the Geith HDG 120 grapple.



The intersection of I-77 and I-40 in Statesville, N.C., has been steadily increasingly in popularity since Doosan purchased a facility located there three years ago. During that time, Doosan has been steadily filling the 300,000 sq. ft. building with its different divisions.

One of the more recent series of moves began in December 2008 when Geith closed its Carrollton, Ga., and Petersburg, Va., locations and consolidated them in Statesville. The Geith and Tramac customer service divisions arrived first, followed by Geith operations.

According to Joe Forth, general manager of Geith and Tramac attachments, the move went smoothly due to a real effort by the whole team, which numbers up to 50 employees at different times. Now that everyone is settled in at the new location, Forth sees a lot of advantages for the company.

“Petersburg was a distribution center for Geith in Ireland, and of course getting things across the water and holding them in Petersburg presented its own limitations. Now we are doing more of the complete manufacturing right here so we get better lead times, better customer service, and we can react to customer needs more quickly,” Forth said.

The manufacturing now being done in Statesville includes welding, fabrication of buckets, thumbs and attachments. Forth pointed out that, “Portable Power has been here since they split from Ingersoll Rand. We also manufacture and distribute some Bobcat attachments at the facility,”

Forth stated “Our plan in the short-term is to continue to increase our capability to include product development and complete manufacturing.” CEG