With demand growing steadily for its electronic systems remanufacturing and manufacturing capabilities, DMR Electronics (part of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC—Detroit Reman) was rapidly running out of room in its current Hibbing MN facilities. In addition, operations are dispersed among several locations in the northern Minnesota community.
To address the challenges, the operation is being moved to a new Hibbing location. Relocation and consolidation of existing operations should be complete in early 2015.
The planned move was announced August 14 during a press event. The event also provided an opportunity to announce the appointment of Sanjiv Khurana as president of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC, assuming overall responsibility of DTNA's remanufacturing activities. Khurana is succeeding Stefan Kurschner who, after four years with Detroit Reman, begins his new assignment as president and chief executive officer of Daimler Vehiculos Comerciales Mexico on September 1.
The move to the new facility accommodates Detroit Reman’s planned expansion and growth in Hibbing, retains 100 existing jobs, and creates the potential for 30-50 new jobs within the next three to five years, according to Detroit Reman officials.
“This is a proud day, and it is the result of the growth we achieved in our Hibbing operation,” said Stefan Kurschner, current president of Detroit Reman. “By moving our entire Hibbing operation to this new location, we are opening the next chapter for our Detroit Reman empoyees here. We look forward to continued success with this operation. It’s an exciting day.
“Detroit Reman is more than a remanufacturer of heavy iron. Through the growth and evolution of the Hibbing plant over the past six years and because of the creativity and passion of its employees, Detroit Reman has become an expert in the manufacture and remanufacture of high-quality electronics products.”
David Rhode, plant operations manager in Hibbing, added: “The highly technical skills of our employees and our continuing cooperation with local agencies made the decision to expand on the Iron Range an easy one. Today represents the next chapter in Detroit Reman’s long-term commitment to our employees and the region.”
The Hibbing facility has experienced significant growth since its 2007 acquisition by Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC, a part of Daimler Trucks North America. Operations are being moved into a speculative industrial building located on Range Regional Airport property. An additional 30,000 square feet will immediately be added to the existing 30,000-sq-ft building to provide the space necessary to support the electronic manufacturing and remanufacturing activities well into the future.
Detroit Reman is fast becoming a leader in the remanufacture and manufacture of electronic systems. In addition to a strong foundation in the heavy-duty equipment, truck, and passenger car markets, product segments also include agriculture, transit, and rail applications.
The current product portfolio includes new and remanufactured engine controllers, transmission controllers, vehicle controllers, turbo actuators, EGR actuators, variable pressure output devices, intake throttle controllers, instrument clusters and audio amplifiers. Detroit Reman offers contract manufacturing services for custom wiring harnesses, circuit board assemblies, UL-certifiable control panels, test systems, and relay boxes for a growing list of key contract customers. Detroit Reman also specializes in new electronic builds to support lifecycle management and control products’ end of life costs.
Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC is a leader in the remanufacture of products for on- and off-highway power systems. Detroit Reman employs approximately 1,400 people at six remanufacturing facilities strategically located in the United States and Mexico.