Canadian Manufacturer to Open U.S. Headquarters in Conway | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

Canadian Manufacturer to Open U.S. Headquarters in Conway | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

Canadian manufacturer DBG on Wednesday announced plans to establish a U.S. headquarters in Conway. The 41-year-old company provides custom metal products to the heavy truck, automotive, agriculture and commercial industries.

DBG said the Conway location will begin operations immediately.

“The acquisition of Navistar’s former IC Bus operations allows us to be part of a growing community, provides us with a strong experienced workforce, increases our technical capabilities and diversifies our product offering,” President and CEO Mike De Biasi said in a news release. “DBG has been looking for a location to establish our USA Operations for many years, and today we are excited that our research has led us to Conway, Arkansas.”

Jamie Gates, executive vice president at Conway Development Corp., said the facility will continue to make bus parts for Navistar. It has more than 200 employees.

DBG, the new owner, will add additional product lines and closed on its acquisition of the facility on Wednesday, he said.

“Our plans are to not only proudly serve the needs of Navistar but to diversify and secure long-term employment for all of the associates at the Conway facility,” Peter Chapman, a former IC Bus employee who is now general manager of DBG Conway, said in the release. “The company has aggressive plans to double its business over the next five years. This will require substantial investment in facilities and equipment while in turn creating significant employment opportunities that are less reliant on the seasonality of the bus market.”

Mike Preston, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said, “Advanced manufacturing jobs play an integral part in…

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