The first Boxer compact utility loader rolled off the Morbark production line at its factory in Winn, Mich., in late March. The model 320 compact loader was unveiled with a boxing-themed introduction for staff members.
Morbark, a manufacturer of tree care, sawmill, recycling, forestry and biomass chipping and grinding equipment, acquired Boxer® Equipment, a product line of Mertz Manufacturing, at the end of 2012.
“It’s been an amazing journey and a real testament to the teamwork and dedication of our staff,” Jim Shoemaker Jr., president of Morbark, said. “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 completed the production of our first unit. A lot of people played a role in making this a reality. It was truly amazing how many of the team came together to pull this off.”
Morbark is working to fill Boxer backorders, as well as working with its authorized dealer network and previous Boxer dealers to ensure that customers receive service, after-sales support and parts fulfillment. In June, Morbark is scheduled to reach its full production capacity.