Auto Truck Group, a truck equipment upfitter based in suburban Chicago, opened a new truck equipment manufacturing and installation facility in Kansas City June 23.

The new location has 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space—enough for Auto Truck to upfit more than 100 vehicles concurrently.  It also includes a full design studio and other capabilities to support the manufacture and installation of truck equipment for industries as energy, telecommunications, railroad, municipalities, and construction.

The facility also will provide ship-through services for the new 2015 Transit full-size van and the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. Using Ford ship-through code 31A D9K (for both Ford vehicles), companies in need of fleet upfitting will be able to receive custom vehicles through the Ford transportation and shipping system.

"We are pleased to announce this facility, including the valuable addition of ship-thru for the new Ford F-150 pickup and Transit full-sized vans," says Jim Dondlinger, President for Auto Truck Group. "Our new Auto Truck facility will serve both regional and national customers and fleets."

The new facility consolidates two older Kansas City facilities, with the 1601 N. Corrington Avenue and the 200 Northwest Harlem Road locations closing.