DIXON — Altec Industries is ready to step up the pace of servicing aerial bucket trucks, cranes and other utility vehicles from all over Northern California.
The company held a celebration Friday for its renovated service center that opened in January. The number of service bays has increased from six to 23 and the number of technicians from seven to 11. The center could have 14 to 16 technician within six years, Altec officials said.
Like cars, the utility vehicles need annual maintenance and sometime need repairs. Those 23 bays in aluminum buildings covering 31,000 square feet provide the space.
“It’s definitely something we can grow into,” said Paul Kom, senior manager of the service department.
Altec used to use this area to manufacture its vehicles, but it opened a new, 42,000-square-foot manufacturing building last year. That freed up the space for the renovated service center.
So now the service center is bigger and better. On Friday, aerial bucket trucks from all over the area sat in the bays. The state’s Mule Creek Prison in Ione, the Turlock Irrigation District, the Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors of Novato and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. all had vehicles there.
The Dixon center’s service area is from the Oregon border to Bakersfield and into northern Nevada, Kom said.
Altec sends workers to the customers for smaller repair jobs. But the Dixon center provides the equipment to do the big jobs, such as removing an aerial boom for repair. The inside of the bays have overhead cranes to do the job.
Workers can also put an older aerial unit on a new chassis, if the unit is still working and the chassis has worn out.
“We want to be recycling the equipment for the customer,” shop supervisor Victor Santana said. “It’s more cost-effective for them.”
The service center features a water-recycling system and oil-containment area, complying with state groundwater regulations, Altec officials said.
“Our new service center enables Altec to significantly expand our service and maintenance capabilities for our customers in the western United States,” Altec Senior Vice President Marc Miles said in a press release.
Alabama-based Altec a couple of years ago looked at leaving Dixon and California, but ended up expanding its Dixon manufacturing facility last year and adding 100 jobs. The renovated service center is the latest expansion of the Dixon plant.
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