Representatives from Atlas Copco Construction Equipment gathered for a ribbon-cutting at its new configuration centre in Independence, Ohio, US. The first of its kind, 150-ft long facility, was built across from the current Atlas Copco service centre. Staff in the 9,000-sq ft configuration centre will assemble hydraulic attachments and WEDA submersible pumps. The existing service centre will continue to refurbish and provide other technical services. Rocky Stacy, Ohio Operations Manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment explained that separating configuration from service and repair means that 'employees, practices, and logistics services can be assigned to configuration and to servicing, resulting in maximum efficiency for both. 'Placing the configuration centre at the Independence location makes shipping sense,' Stacy added. 'One third of the US makes up more than 59 per cent of the market's weight footprint of hydraulic attachment customers, basically from Illinois to the Atlantic coast.'