Shelby American Inc. will consolidate its manufacturing site and Speed Shop tuning center in its new flagship headquarters and plant in near the Las Vegas Strip when it opens on December 1, 2013. The company's new flagship base will also feature a museum, gift shop and factory tours. The new 135,000-square-foot facility will be located near famed boulevard adjacent to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.
According to John Luft, president of Shelby American, moving to a more noticeable location will better prepare the company to go global. He said in a statement that the move is consistent with what Carroll Shelby "did many times in the past." He remarked the new facility will allow Shelby American to "be more nimble and accessible" to its customers, while "dramatically improving production and operational efficiency."
According to Luft, Shelby American expects the project to cost between $800,000 and $1 million. Shelby American's 185,000-square-foot site near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is consists of five buildings housing various operations.
Gary Davis, Shelby American's vice president of production and r&d, remarked that consolidating the company's manufacturing and Speed Shop facilities under "one roof" will accelerate production while will give it flexibility to "ramp up new vehicle models." He added that they carefully planned the move for minimal interruption of customer deliveries by setting up duplicate production lines in both facilities during the transition.