In addition to quality assurance, operator safety was also a key contributing factor in St. Arnold's decision to go electric. "By switching to Mitsubishi's electric model," says Wagner, "we've made our workplace much more eco-friendly and especially our cold box 100 percent emissions free."
Another operator safety feature on the electric series that Wagner purchased is the advanced Mitsubishi forklift trucks integrated presence system (IPS). When the operator leaves the normal seated operating position, the following occurs:
• Transmission is disengaged;
• Power disconnects from hydraulic lift and tilt functions;
• Parking brake alarm sounds if the operator has not applied the parking brake;
• Lights flash on the instrument panel;
• When the operator returns to the normal seated operating position, a buzzer will sound and a seat belt indicator will light up reminding him to fasten his seat belt.
Though considered a large craft brewery by industry standards, St. Arnold's is still categorized as a small to medium-sized business and low operating costs are essential to ensure profitability. After analyzing the financial requirements associated with modernizing his fleet, Wagner opted to lease over purchasing the equipment.
"As a small company, value is extremely critical to us and up-front cost is something we are very sensitive to," Wagner explains. "When our Mitsubishi forklift trucks dealer offered interest-free financing, we knew that would free-up capital to invest in other areas of the business."
By opting for the lease program, Brock was able to re-invest his capital and gain a return on equity, saving the company $1,796 in the first year.
Operating Texas' oldest and largest craft brewery leaves Wagner and his team with quite a reputation to uphold and the majority of their time is dedicated to ensuring a quality product reaches the shelf. "We are a brewery, first and foremost," Wagner says. "An alert, reliable and helpful sales and tech-support staff is essential to the success of our operation and we have found that with our Mitsubishi forklift truck dealer."