Northeast Indiana is known for its vehicle manufacturing.
One local company is producing hundreds of thousands of vehicles- toy vehicles, that is.
The Fort Wayne manufacturing plant for Peg Perego builds children's riding vehicles for all of North America.
WFFT’s Andrew Logsdon has more in this week's Locally Made Monday.
The cars are rolling off the line at Fort Wayne's Peg Perego manufacturing plant.
"This year, we're probably going to be, all total sales probably going to be three-hundred-fifty to four-hundred thousand,” says Peg Perego Fort Wayne Plant Manager Phil Ley.
While the parent company is based in Italy, our local factory makes every children's vehicle sold in North America.
"We assemble toys for the US-North American market. We make six volt, twelve volt, chain, twenty-four volt- all toys,” Lay says.
It's been in Fort Wayne since 1968, and at the current four-building campus since the 80s.
And right here is where they make fourteen different types of tractors, loaders and cars.
"Our top seller is the Gator XUV. It's a replica of the John Deere Gator- and then we have a range of tractors,” Ley says.
Fort Wayne is also the North American distribution headquarters for the company's baby products.
It all starts at the home office in Italy.
"The concept of a toy comes out of the marketing department, and the sales department has a lot of input on that. And then that concept is explained and designed to our engineering department,” Ley says.
"And then, production starts, molds are made, and then they are trouble shooted, put together, everything debugged, and then start the production process,” Ley says.
That's when most of the 65 employees get to work.
Those molds and parts are sent in each day, and quickly thrown onto the assembly line.
Between each of these three production lines, Lay says they make several thousand vehicles a day.
And it's easy to see why- they move them out fast.
Each cluster of employees bolt on parts until each complete car rolls into a box.
They wrap them and ship them from Alaska to Panama, inside many continental stores.
Locally, it operates an outlet store.
But it's hard to go into any toy store and not see one of these sweet rides.
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