Manufacturer weighs in on Nevada expansion

Rice Lake Weighing Systems purchased a manufacturing facility in Fernley, NV, to expand their manufacturing for heavy-capacity customers.


Rice Lake Weighing Systems announced the purchase of a 29,700 square foot manufacturing facility in Fernley, Nevada, where the company plans to expand truck-scale manufacturing and improve service to its western heavy-capacity customers. This is optimistic news, not only for the state of Nevada, but also for the Wisconsin-based scale manufacturer, who hasn’t seen one layoff in its entire 65 year history. Rice Lake firmly believes that their experienced workforce and an overall commitment to keeping Americans at Work are key factors in their success. This expansion will create at least 25 new jobs upon opening in November, primarily for welders, painters and other skilled positions, with the potential for additional growth and hiring in the future.

Rice Lake began manufacturing truck scales from its Wisconsin headquarters in 1997, delivering the SURVIVOR brand throughout North America. In 2005 Rice Lake expanded heavy-capacity manufacturing to include Jasper, Alabama, which better served their southern and eastern sales territories, and allowed for increased production overall. Since that time, demand for the SURVIVOR brand has increased exponentially, making SURVIVOR scales the number one selling truck-scale brand in North America.

“We are very conscious about maintaining our standards for delivery and customer service, and it’s become necessary to once again increase our manufacturing capacity,” explains Mark Johnson Jr., Vice President of Rice Lake Weighing Systems. “We wanted this new location to be more central to our customers in the west. The Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) ultimately helped us decide on Nevada, where we’re very excited about the business climate and future expansion possibilities.”

Nevada officials are pleased to welcome Rice Lake Weighing Systems to the Lyon County area as well. Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, congratulates all parties on a job well done. “I have made it a priority to create a warm and friendly business environment that provides opportunities for businesses,” he says.

The Fernley facility, just 25 minutes east of Reno, offers direct access to Interstate 80 and main rail lines, which is useful for transporting heavy-capacity products. Mark Johnson Jr. adds, “I’m very pleased that we so quickly found an existing facility that works for us. It’s a great location and also happens to be very well equipped for our specific manufacturing needs. Many thanks to the state of Nevada and its officials. They’ve been very helpful and welcoming throughout this entire process.”

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering, 

No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Salary survey: How much are you worth?; Dedicated outdoor air systems; Energy models and lighting
Fire, life safety in schools; Fire protection codes; Detection, suppression, and notification; 2015 Commissioning Giants; Emergency and standby power in hospitals
HVAC and building envelope: Efficient, effective systems; Designing fire sprinkler systems; Wireless controls in buildings; 2015 Product of the Year winners
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Implementing microgrids: Controlling campus power generation; Understanding cogeneration systems; Evaluating UPS system efficiency; Driving data center PUE, efficiency
Optimizing genset sizing; How the Internet of Things affects the data center; Increasing transformer efficiency; Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.