WAUCONDA, ILL. — P.E.P. Inc., a start-up thermoformer of heavy-gauge products for the marine and recreational markets, expects to begin operations by the end of March.
President Joe Sikorski said the firm is leasing a 40,000-square-foot plant in Beloit, Wis., and has assembled a ``skeleton staff'' awaiting installation of a Maac machine.
The machine, which measures 10 feet by 20 feet by 4 feet, will be used to produce large vacuum-formed parts for boats and spa pools, according to Sikorski.
``We're focusing on the boating industry,'' he said in a recent telephone interview from the firm's Wauconda headquarters. ``Specifically, boat hulls and decks.''
Sikorski said he is talking with a major boat builder and vacuum former about forming an alliance that could produce additional work for the company. He declined to disclose the names of the companies, pending a formal agreement.