Vehicle Reman among companies celebrated by Texas governor

Ford Ranger after rebuild at Vehicle Reman.
Ford Ranger after rebuild at Vehicle Reman.

Remanufacturing has long played an important role in the auto industry from steering racks to starters, A/C compressors and, in the case of a company in Texas, an entire vehicle.

Vehicle Reman, which stands out as the nation’s only company dedicated to remanufacturing Class 1-5 pickup trucks, vans, box trucks, SUVs and cars recently got a nod from the top state official in Texas.

Acting on a request from Vehicle Reman, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation to make April 11, 2019 Remanufacturing Day in the Lone Star State. Coinciding with Global Remanufacturing Day, the governor set aside April 11 to celebrate the growing economy for same-as-new remanufactured goods, from vehicles to office furniture to medical devices.

“We’re grateful to Gov. Abbott for helping us communicate the importance of remanufacturing,” said Greig Latham, founder and CEO of Vehicle Reman. “It is another step in promoting the cost efficiency, reliability and environmental benefits of remanufactured products.”

Texas is home to many remanufacturing-focused companies that produce automotive components, vehicle engines, heavy construction equipment, lumber, compressors, steam turbines, computer hardware, golf equipment and more.

Vehicle Reman provides its customers with same-as-new pickup trucks and other vehicles at half the cost of buying new. Reman gives fleet owners a valuable option for getting the most out of end-of-life vehicles. A Ford Ranger that they rebuilt is shown above.

“This is a natural evolution of well-established automotive parts remanufacturing, but applied to the whole vehicle,” Latham said. “We have a proven system that remanufactures a truck, van or other vehicle back to original specifications. When customers see the same-as-new quality and remarkable savings, reman really sells itself. The main challenge for us is many fleet buyers don’t yet know about reman and what it can do.”

A typical vehicle reman candidate is a truck, SUV, van or automobile with at least 100,000 miles and seven years in service. Vehicles up to 20 years old can undergo remanufacturing. Vehicle Reman specializes in Ford, GM and Chrysler brand vehicles. Reman vehicles are quieter, ride more smoothly and will usually achieve much better fuel economy than the pre-reman units.

Remanufactured goods are not only more cost effective but typically save on average 85 percent of energy use, 86 percent of water use and 85 percent of material use compared to new products. Remanufacturing supports 180,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. and produces more than $100 billion worth of goods each year.