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December 4, 2008

Wayne Sweepers Completes Move with Plant Expansion

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Wayne Sweepers moves to Cedar Falls to join sister company Wayne Engineering. Expanded sales and manufacturing stimulates plant expansion.

(Cedar Falls, IA.) -- Wayne Sweepers has completed a move of its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to join sister company Wayne Engineering where both firms will share engineering and manufacturing resources.

Wayne Sweepers produces a line of highly automated street sweepers for use on streets and parking lots as well as for road maintenance and millings clean-up. Wayne Engineering is a major manufacturer of refuse bodies used in manual and automated collection of solid waste.

Both companies sell to private contractors and municipal public works departments throughout the U.S. and Canada. In some territories, both companies share the same dealer organizations, resulting in better market penetration and stronger customer support.ĘBoth firms are divisions of Wayne Industrial Holdings, and now under the management leadership of Kevin Watje, president and CEO.

According to Watje, "This is an absolutely outstanding opportunity for both firms to bring optimal synergy and shared expertise to a mission both companies embrace: producing high-performance, chassis-mounted, performance-driven equipment that continually leverages technology to achieve optimum value for our customers." Watje added, "There's no doubt that this is the kind of equipment that our customers want and need. The Wayne divisions are very much on the leading edge of delivering just that."

Each firm was experiencing steady growth in sales prior to coming together under the same roof. To accommodate this growth and provide dedicated manufacturing space for the new sweeper lines, the Cedar Falls facility pushed forward on a 40,000 sq. ft. plant expansion.

Now that the recent additions are completed Wayne boasts over 100,000 sq. ft. of space for all sales, service, engineering and manufacturing operations. At the same time, a new robotic welding station was added to the manufacturing floor along with expanded area for product research, development and testing.

According to Watje, "As production ramps up, we expect that Wayne Sweepers will outgrow this facility and it will eventually have to have its own permanent facility separate from Wayne's refuse division."

For more information, call 319-266-1721 or visit www.wayneusa.com.

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