Equipment Technologies don't just make Apache sprayers. The supply parts for their sprayers and the spraying business in general, train dealers and also train customers. Now they can accomplish these last three facets of their business in a much more efficient manner.
Equipment Technologies, Mooresville, IN., just opened the ET Ag Center with more than 50,000 square feet, located one-half mile from their original facility. It's situated on more than 100 acres now owned by the company. The original building has been dedicated to building Apache sprayers. The new building is all about parts, support and training.
"We've known for some time that we needed more room," says Matt Hays, CEO of Equipment Technologies. "We are still in the process of making the transition, but we began shipping all parts out of our new facility in March, and we are still exploring how we can make our processes more efficient in the new Center."
One thing the Center is designed to do is allow usable space to train dealers. One room is large enough to bring in three sprayers with the booms unfolded, so that dealers can learn first-hand, whether it's 102 degrees F or 10 degrees outside.
"We've added two full-time training experts to our staff, and we want to ramp up our training for dealers," Hays says. Eventually, we will begin to include more training for customers here as well. "
One room is designed as a simulation center for dealer and customer training. Although the finishing touches aren't yet in place, it will allow anyone to plug in any of the electronics used in the sprayer and simulate what's happening to better learn how to control the hardware and software. The room will include several stations so that a number of people can be trained at one time.
The parts area includes a massive stocking area for Apache parts, room for general sprayer supplies sold over ET's Website, SpraySmarter.com, plus a walk-up counter for local retail parts sales. The part area is designed so that automation and more storage space can be added in the future.
Help from the local community and the state of Indiana's economic development arm made the investment possible, Hays says. ET agreed to add 56 jobs by 2015, and the company is well on its' way to doing that, he notes. When the commitment is fulfilled, it will double the size of the original work force at the Mooresville location.Look for new model introductions later this summer. The new Apache models will be displayed at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa in late August.