WOOD DALE, ILL. (Jan. 31, 6:15 p.m. ET) — Fermin G. Adames, president and founder of auxiliary equipment maker Tempco Electric Heater Corp., died Jan. 29 at the age of 67.
Adames founded Tempco in 1972 with three employees in a 1,500-square-foot facility. The company, which produces a variety of temperature controllers and sensors, and electric heating elements , now employs about 360 people in two plants and multiple distribution centers.
He was named an Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989 by Ernst & Young (then Arthur Young & Co.).
Based in Wood Dale, Tempco serves industrial and commercial customers worldwide and is a familiar exhibitor at NPE. Its product line includes several original patented designs. In 2009, the company became ISO 9001-certified.
Adames is survived by his wife, Janell Adames, five children — Fermin A. Adames, Maquis Adames, Jennifer Adames-Smith, Leonardo Adames and Kyle Adames — and four grandchildren.
The funeral is scheduled for Feb. 4. Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Palatine, Ill., is handling arrangements.