Monday, January 3, 2011

Tommy Gate Expands Woodbine Factory

An additional 10,000 square feet will house new Tuckunder Series assembly line.

Woodbine Manufacturing Company, which produces the Tommy Gate hydraulic lift, is currently finishing the first phase of a three-phase factory expansion project. This initial phase includes the addition of 40,000 square feet of warehouse space and administrative offices.

Located in Woodbine, Iowa, the original Woodbine Manufacturing plant was called an 'ultra-modern' addition to the town in 1965.

Still on the same piece of ground 45 years later, the factory has seen quite a few expansions. The most recent one was just over ten years ago. That construction nearly doubled the pre-existing factory space by adding a 74,250 square-foot assembly floor.

Although phases two and three of the project have not officially been scheduled, they are expected to be completed within the next five years.

Those plans call for the rebuilding of 70,000 square-feet of existing floor space (built between 1965 and 1980) with more modern equipment and a more 'streamlined' manufacturing flow. The plans also include the remodeling of 3,000 square feet of existing manufacturing space into new engineering offices and laboratory.

This ambitious project signifies Tommy Gate's confidence in the future of the liftgate industry as well as its role in defining the future of that industry.

Photos of the construction progress can be viewed at Tommy Gate® Official Page at

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