Bendix has unveiled its newly upgraded brake shoe remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Indiana.

The upgrades were done with a $3.2 million capital investment and increased the capacity and capability of the 74,000-square-foot plant.

“The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center grew from our desire to provide reman brake shoes offering the durability, reliability, performance, and extended lining life expected of original equipment,” said Henry Foxx, Bendix director of remanufactured products.

Foxx said that fleets and owner-operators were turning to remanufactured brake shoes in greater numbers and that the upgrades were designed to meet that need.

As a result of the upgrades, the Indiana plant can now handle start-to-finish brake remanufacturing and can produce several million brake shoes annually.

A key part of the upgrade was to the coining process, which returns brake shoes to the original specifications of the manufacturer.

The upgrades also include a self-contained salvage and de-lining area to prevent contaminates from reaching the painting and riveting process. There are four new automated de-liners that will improve accuracy of the process and reduce the chance of accidental shoe damage.

There will also be a 2,000-square-foot paint line that can handle 500 parts per hour.