Our thanks to Brett Barnes, Systems Manager at Metalsa, for presenting at the first facility managers meeting of 2022. At today’s meeting, Barnes prepped attendees for a visit to Metalsa’s Building 2, located at 101 Magnet Drive in Elizabethtown.
Before inviting guests to the manufacturing facility, Barnes described the origins of Building 2 and how the plant has grown to meet the current needs of the company. He said the plant was initially acquired to accommodate an increased need for warehousing at Metalsa’s primary Elizabethtown location on North Blackbrach Road and for an additional assembly line to manufacture parts for the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator.
Today, Metalsa’s facility on Magnet Drive also is used to create the battery tray cradle for Ford’s line of battery electric F-150 trucks. The facility also is used to produce all-aluminum frames for electric vehicle automaker Revian.
During the tour, attendees were provided with personal protective equipment and were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the walk-through of the facility.
Based in Mexico, Metalsa opened its Elizabethtown plant in 1994 and is now one of the largest employers in Hardin County, with 1,800 employees and contract jobs.
Between Metalsa’s two Elizabethtown plants, the company’s industrial footprint encompasses over 2.2 million square feet under-roof. In addition, Metalsa plans to pursue an additional 58,000 square-foot expansion this year.
“We’re always building on to something in the area, which is a blessing for the people who work there and the community,” Barnes said.
For more information, or if interested in attending the next facility managers meeting, please contact the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation at 270-737-0300.