New Way Trucks, Inc., an Iowa-based refuse truck manufacturer, announced it will expand operations to a 152,000-square-foot facility located at 1 Wolverine Drive in Booneville, Miss. Initially titled “Project Wolverine,” New Way has worked closely with the Mississippi Development Authority to secure this strategic site.
“We are thrilled to be working with the team from Booneville, Prentiss County and the state of Mississippi who have already made us feel at home,” said New Way CEO Mike McLaughlin in a statement.
New Way plans to start operations within the next three months. Once operational, the company will begin manufacturing its Cobra and Viper rear loaders with other products to follow. New fabrication equipment is being scheduled for delivery and installation at the new site.
“Our products are in high demand, and a new Mississippi facility provides a strategic advantage that will benefit our customers and extensive dealer network,” said New Way Trucks Executive Vice President Johnathon McLaughlin in a statement. “A fourth manufacturing facility will allow New Way to establish a new industry standard in efficient, time-critical solid waste equipment deliveries, meeting the demand of our dealers and end users.”
The site was selected for its ability to meet several needs of the company. The Booneville facility is essentially move-in ready and meets capability requirements with overhead cranes, lighting and sufficient power. Boasting 40 acres of land, there is room for onsite expansion if needed. Workforce availability was another determining factor in the final decision. New Way will begin the hiring process soon, with job listings being posted on the company’s website. The refuse truck manufacturer said it also partnered with the local job networks and Northeast Mississippi Community College to recruit top talent in the area.
"The addition of New Way Trucks to the Booneville business community shows industry leaders around the country that Mississippi is the place where manufacturing companies seeking a top-notch, skilled workforce and supportive business environment can expect to enjoy years of growth and success," said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant in a statement. "Leaders at the state and local levels are dedicated to strengthening communities through economic growth, as evidenced by New Way's commitment to create 100 jobs in Prentiss County.”
More information about the expansion’s progress will be released at a future date.