Future Line Manufacturing, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has announced the opening of its latest manufacturing facility. The 18,000 square foot facility is designed and equipped to manufacture Future Line’s rapidly expanding line of aluminum truck bodies.
The new faculty is the fourth expansion for the 22-year-old company. Future Line recently introduced a proprietary and exclusive boxed extrusion all-aluminum truck platform allowing for reduced mounting height, less debris build-up and additional structural integrity.
According to Brett Wilson, Future Line Co-owner, “the cross-members of a traditional truck platform, whether steel or aluminum, has been a collection point for all types of road and job-site debris.Our proprietary and exclusive design eliminates this issue nuisance issue and keeps the underside of the platform free from weight-adding and hard-to-clean debris”. He adds, “Future Line is dedicated to offering comprehensive small and large fleet solutions and the new proprietary and exclusive Boxed Extrusion truck platforms are a big step in that direction.
New and innovative products demand new and innovative manufacturing capabilities. If a product vision can’t be properly executed then opportunities are lost. The new Future Line facility offers 18,000 square feet of manufacturing space as well as an additional 12,000 square feet of outside storage. Two of the state-of-the-art pieces of equipment are a four-axis aluminum extrusion machine and a Fiber Laser System.
Wilson explains, “The four-axis aluminum extrusion machine eliminates the need for ‘fixturing’ a platform. The ‘key and tab’ method we use allows us to be much more precise. The Fiber Laser System is a very precise way for us to cut and trim aluminum sheets. The new facility also boasts equipment upgrades such as a 200T Press Brake, a CNC Turret Punch Press, Push/Pull and TIG welders and an extrusion up-cut saw. We are really prepared to provide our dealers, distributors and fleet customers with the most advanced aluminum products available."