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MITSUBISHI FUSO TRUCK OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PARTS FACILITY

 BRIDGEPORT, N.J., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. announced today that it will build a new 53,000 square foot parts warehouse facility connected to its corporate headquarters, located here in Bridgeport. With groundbreaking scheduled for June 15, the new facility, which will be fully operational on Jan. 15, 1994, will nearly double MFTA's total parts inventory capacity.
 The announcement was jointly made by T.E. Reimers, MFTA executive vice president and chief operating officer, and by William Walter, MFTA vice president-Parts Operations.
 According to Reimers, the $2 million investment for the new facility is necessary due to the population of Mitsubishi Fuso trucks in the United States. "We have exceeded 20,000 units now operating on our country's roads and highways. With that level has come the increased need for service and replacement parts," Reimers said. "The new facility will alleviate what was becoming a stretched parts distribution system."
 Walter expanded on the reasons for the new warehouse. "The purpose of the new Bridgeport facility is to improve the quality of MFTA's parts operation -- to set a new and even better standard than we have today."
 Walter continued, "The new facility will increase efficiencies in MFTA's parts operations, provide a greater stock of parts for Mitsubishi Fuso dealers, and enable us to expand our technical assistance to dealers in the parts area.
 "All-in-all, the true beneficiary will be Mitsubishi Fuso truck owners," Walter said.
 With the establishment of the new Bridgeport warehouse, MFTA's current St. Louis operation will join MFTA's Sacramento (Calif.) and Jacksonville (Fla.) operations in becoming the third NFTA satellite distribution center for major assemblies, such as engines, transmissions, axles, etc.
 Including major assembly inventory in Bridgeport, MFTA will have four geographically targeted locales for fast and cost-efficient shipment of the heavier components to any Mitsubishi Fuso dealer in the country.
 According to Walter, Mitsubishi Fuso truck owners will see virtually no change in parts availability. "We are committed to maintaining our extremely high (99 percent) rate of filling dealer orders with the right parts at the time that they need them. Further, dealers have their own inventory controls that ensure prompt service and repair of Mitsubishi Fuso trucks," Walter said.
 "The new Bridgeport facility coupled with the parts centers for major assemblies establishes a distribution system that best meets today's needs," Walter summarized. "And, it is a distribution system that will put MFTA on the leading edge as the industry and demographics change."
 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. markets Class 3-7 cab-over, turbocharged, intercooled diesel trucks that are noted for their human- engineered features. Mitsubishi Fuso trucks are ideally suited for a wide variety of businesses, including food and beverage distribution/delivery, furniture moving/delivery, landscaping/lawn care/grounds maintenance, home care equipment delivery, utilities servicing, refuse hauling, waste recycling, auto recovery, and residential/commercial construction.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas S. Neil, III of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc., 609-467-3965/


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