CHESHIRE, CONN. (June 22, 10:20 a.m. ET) — Chesire-based Industrial Heater Corp. has purchased Hi-Tech Fabricating Inc. in Wallingford, Conn., bringing a large amount of sheet metal and manufacturing experience to Industrial Heater.
Hi-Tech Fabricating will move into the Industrial Heater plant in nearby Cheshire, Conn., by the end of July. Industrial Heater makes heaters for industrial processing, including band heaters, cartridge heaters, immersion heaters, inline water and air heaters, nozzle band heaters, ovens and furnaces, radiant heaters, strip heaters, temperature sensors and tubular heaters.
John Berges, who founded Hi-Tech Fabricating, will join Industrial Heater and bring his expertise in engineering, fabricating, machining and welding. Hi-Tech makes precision sheet metal assemblies for a wide range of industries, including medical, aerospace, electronics and telecommunications. The operation does computer numerically controlled punching, eight-axis CNC forming up to eight feet, shearing, welding, finishing and silk screening.
Industrial Heater President Tad McGwire called the deal “a very strategic fit.” Industrial Heater does sheet metal work now, but the addition of Hi-Tech brings expertise in higher-precision products. Industrial Heater now will be able to supply metal guards and covers for barrels for plastics machinery.
“Their enormous amount of sheet metal and manufacturing experience will help Industrial Heater add new capabilities into our product line, particularly in air-cooled shrouds (for extrusion barrels), radiant panels (used for thermoforming sheet) and open-coil air heaters,” McGwire said.
With the addition of Hi-Tech, Industrial Heater employs 45 people.
McGwire serves on the executive board of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., as officer at large.