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LCT Visits Krystal’s New Home in Kansas

Posted on September 3, 2014 by

LCT Editor Martin Romjue introduces a video report from a wheat field in Salina, Kansas, near the El Dorado-National Plant.
LCT Editor Martin Romjue introduces a video report from a wheat field in Salina, Kansas, near the El Dorado-National Plant.

LCT editor Martin Romjue sat down in June with Jeff Montgomery, president of Krystal Bus, and John Reznik, president of Federal Coach, and got a tour of the El Dorado-National plant in Salina, Kansas.

The video, an experiment for LCT, shows how parent company Allied Specialty Vehicles has upgraded its production to a “lean manufacturing” approach. The vehicles are made in an assembly line, with workers dedicated to each brand who can make timely changes based on factory results and customer preferences. This enhances their ability to build buses to proper standards and customer specs. The El Dorado-National facility spans 252,000 square feet and manufactures the Krystal and El Dorado bus brands, while Federal Coach buses are built in Michigan.

The video shows detailed footage of workers building buses, from frame to finish. Montgomery and Reznik explaine how their brands will bring more advanced buses to the chauffeured transportation industry.

One improvement Allied Specialty Vehicles has brought to the plant is a lean manufacturing process for Krystal and El Dorado.
One improvement Allied Specialty Vehicles has brought to the plant is a lean manufacturing process for Krystal and El Dorado.

Jeff Montgomery, president of Krystal Bus, says the brand Krystal has enhanced its models with lower vehicle weights and innovative electrical systems.
Jeff Montgomery, president of Krystal Bus, says the brand Krystal has enhanced its models with lower vehicle weights and innovative electrical systems.
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