Man Lift Mfg. Co. has moved its production and office facilities to Shelby, NC from Wisconsin. The new facility includes a 227,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Universal Mfg. Co., the parent company of MLM, acquired the facility in a recent purchase of a contract manufacturing and armor and defense contracting business. The leadership team from MLM will relocate to North Carolina to manage all three companies as a single operation.

“We are excited to move to a facility that allows us to take our business to the next level and increase our manufacturing capacity. We expect that our customers will be happy with the increased aftermarket support capabilities and larger engineering team we are building,” said Phil Sprio, President and CEO. “This opportunity allows us to take our core manufacturing and engineering strengths and not only improve our current MLM operation but also branch out into new projects and opportunities. We have always worked hard to provide our customers with solutions that provide increased safety and productivity. We now look forward to helping our war fighters increase their safety and be more productive as well.”

With the move, MLM has expanded its engineering staff by three times and has hired a new VP of Engineering - Callum Sullivan. The company also welcomed Graeme McWilliams to head its quality department, and Eric Tindall has been named production floor leader.

“We are taking full advantage of this opportunity to grow and improve MLM,” said Sprio. “Our long term customers have seen major improvements when new management was brought to the company three years ago. The new facility will enable MLM to build leaner, faster and cheaper because of the new state of the art equipment but we also have the opportunity to make sure our leadership team, systems, and processes are producing the results and solutions our customers need.”

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