This post is part of an ongoing series of manufacturer profiles. The blogs will cover some of the many big names in manufacturing in the state of Nebraska. Check back later for more posts in the series. To see previous posts in the series, see here: BD, Kawasaki, Hornady, and Kellogg’s.
CNH is based in Illinois, but has factories all over the world. They have eleven locations all over the United States, each of which has specific manufacturing capabilities, but all of which produce some sort of farm or construction equipment.
We like CNH a lot in general, but we like them even more for their factory in Grand Island. The Grand Island facility is “the CNH North America Combine Center of Excellence,” and according to the company, the “facility is considered one of the premier manufacturing facilities within CNH.”
In imagining what the factory is like, think about our earlier post about Kawasaki–who makes powersports equipment and motorcycles right here in Nebraska–and ramp up everything we said in scale and size.
Like many of the factories we discuss here, CNH isn’t about heavy lifting or old machinery–they’re about cutting-edge technology, precision, and skilled work. In fact, one of Case New Holland’s factories even earned IndustryWeek’s “Best Plants” award last year. The Wichita factory is highly efficient and very clean, and the factory here in Nebraska is no different.
Overall, the Grand Island facility employs around 800 people in over 800,000 square feet of factory space. That’s a very large factory, but all of the space is largely necessary due to the scale of the equipment being manufactured. But despite the size, the factory is still cutting-edge and a great representation of advanced manufacturing here in this new manufacturing era in America.
You can get a better idea of the company and its equipment in the videos below. The first shows a factory opening (in Argentina), and the other two detail Case New Holland’s history and some new technology.