The first Boxer compact utility loader has rolled off the Morbark production line. Morbark, a leading manufacturer of tree care, sawmill, recycling, forestry and biomass chipping and grinding equipment, had acquired Boxer Equipment, a product line of Mertz Manufacturing, at the end of 2012.
Morbark’s staff gathered to watch as the first Boxer unit completed at the Morbark factory in Winn, MI, a model 320 compact loader, was unveiled with a boxing-themed introduction.
“It’s been an amazing journey and a real testament to the teamwork and dedication of our staff,” said Jim Shoemaker Jr., president of Morbark Inc. “In the 84 days since we received the intellectual property, we have moved inventory from Oklahoma to Michigan, invested in additional long-lead inventory, set up aftermarket parts and service support for existing Boxer customers, created a production line—including weld and assembly fixtures—created marketing material, completed our first dealer training sessions, and today, completed the production of our first unit. A lot of people played a role in making this a reality. In fact, I sat down and started listing the Morbark employees who have played a role in helping with the Boxer acquisition and production line, and I stopped counting at 50. It was truly amazing how many of the team came together to pull this off.”
Backorders now a priority. Currently Morbark is working to fill Boxer backorders, as well as working with their authorized dealer network and previous Boxer dealers to ensure that customers receive unmatched service, after-sales support and fast, efficient parts fulfillment. In June, Morbark is scheduled to reach its full production capacity.