Case IH's large plant in Grand Island, where Case IH Axial-Flow combines are manufactured, will soon produce the next generation of Case IH windrowers, the new WD 3 Series windrowers, as well as a full line of sickle and disc headers.
"The Grand Island plant is already known as the Case IH Center of Excellence for grain harvesting," says Steve Lee, plant manager. "This expanded production capability will allow the plant to more effectively meet growers' needs for productive, reliable hay harvesting equipment. The plant is strategically located adjacent to some of the largest hay growing areas in North America, and utilizes the latest manufacturing technologies."
A recently completed building expansion project added 104,800 square feet to the plant to accommodate windrower and header production.
Over the next two to three weeks, the company will produce pilot units, followed by production of the actual windrowers. During the next phase, the company will begin manufacturing the headers that go with the windrowers, according to Lee. "That will begin in October. Later this year, we'll also add a paint system to the facility."
The plant already has added more than 60 employees for the windrower production, and another 25 to 30 employees will be coming onboard in October for header manufacturing. "A number of our employees participate in their local family farm operations or come from farm backgrounds, so they have an excellent understanding of their customers' needs for quality and reliability."
The WD 3 Series windrowers are engineered to handle the heaviest crops in the toughest terrain, while the cab provides comfort and convenience for the operator, Lee says. It's the same type of high-visibility cab used on Case IH Axial-Flow 7010 and 8010 combines currently manufactured at the Grand Island plant.