Munster, Ind. — It's 26 miles from Willow Springs, Ill., to Munster. A short drive, unless you are moving an entire company.
But that's exactly what Tec Air Inc. did last fall when the injection molder crossed state lines, tripling its manufacturing space to 130,000 square feet.
Amazingly, the company kept manufacturing during a 10-day transition.
“We never stopped producing, but we did have some slow down,” President and CEO Bob McMurtry said. He pegged the cost of the move and major upgrades to the new facility at $15 million.
Tec Air is heavily involved in the automotive and appliance markets, which combine to make up 95 percent of the company's $28 million in sales. Specifically, Tec Air produces dynamically moving air movement devices (i.e. plastic fans and blowers) for those sectors. The company counts many Fortune 500 companies (think GE, Maytag, auto OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers) on its roster of clients.
“We ship products all over the world,” McMurtry said.