Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

ELYRIA, Ohio – What is the best way to recognize a one-year anniversary? For R.H. Sheppard, based in Hanover, Penn., it is all about giving back: Now that it has been a year since the industry-leading manufacturer of steering systems for commercial vehicles in the North American market was acquired by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, the company is recognizing the alliance with a series of community support activities and facility improvements.

In June 2020, R.H. Sheppard – one of Hanover’s largest employers, with more than 725 team members – was acquired by Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles.

This year, on June 1, the company commemorated the anniversary by kicking off a series of giving, volunteering, and community engagement activities.

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Also, during 2021, the company has invested significantly in facility updates and renovations designed to improve the work environment and foster increased safety, performance, and comfort.

“Now that it has been a full year since Bendix and R.H. Sheppard came together as one team, the time is right to showcase this teamwork and our continued commitment to the future,” said Carlos Hungria, Bendix chief operating officer upon the first anniversary. “And two of the best ways to do that are through reinvigorated community support efforts large and small, and by highlighting our significant facility investments enhancing the work environment for all Sheppard employees.”

A Reenergized Plan to Engage and Support the Community

Reinforcing its commitment as a model corporate citizen is perhaps the most visible sign of R.H. Sheppard’s one-year celebration and focus on the future. The company has done that this month, setting aside a significant budget for corporate grants and launching new sponsorship and volunteering opportunities for employees.

Investments in Comfort, Safety, and Efficiency

Capital improvement investments are another highlight of R.H. Sheppard’s one-year celebration. At the start of 2021, the company embarked on a full agenda of facility upgrades and renovations at multiple locations. The upgrades and enhancements are all predicated on creating a better work environment, with enhanced workstation ergonomics for improved safety and productivity.

In addition to updates already completed, improvements taking place at Sheppard plants 1 and 5 in Hanover include a new break room for Plant 1 and better facilities for employees at both locations. The new break room will also feature an outdoor patio, open market area, and self-scan food and beverage machines.

Ergonomic improvements in production areas to facilitate a safer and more comfortable work environment include additional lifting devices, material handling equipment, and ergo mats, as well as workspace redesigns to make them more ergonomically friendly.

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