A resurgence in home-grown manufacturing is now taking root in the U.S., largely driven by advanced technology and a thriving economy. Through a combination of determination, solid management, and robotic technology from ABB, Bad Boy Mowers, based in Batesville, Arkansas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year -- and is one example of this resurgent manufacturing success.
Founded in 1998, Bad Boy Mowers has always had the goal of building the best and highest quality zero turn lawn mowers on the planet. They commenced their first mower sales in 2002, and each and every year since they've doubled their production and built a new building to meet demand.
Since 2004 Bad Boy has added 8 ABB FlexArc standardized robotic welding cells and is now up to producing 300 mowers a day. At the same time, they've increased the number of welding employees they have from 2 to 90, demonstrating that installing robots can also lead to more employment. The standardized cells make it easy for Bad Boy to add production capacity as they need it and keep programming and installation time to a minimum.