North Canton, Ohio — Seco Machine, a manufacturer of cast urethane products and a division of A. Stucki Co., will move to a new facility that increases floor space by about 60 percent in the first quarter of 2019.
The move to a new $8-million facility in Green, Ohio, has been a few years in the making, said Tom Seccombe, general manager at Seco. The new facility will have 120,000 square feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space, an expansion from the 75,000 square feet at its current facility in North Canton.
"It was pretty apparent by about 2014, 2015 that it wasn't our ideal building," Seccombe said.
The North Canton facility wasn't intended for heavy industry, and wasn't a location that would impress customers, Seccombe said.
"Our workmanship and our people do, but getting customers there was always a problem," he said.
As it became a division for A. Stucki, Seco grew from a two-bay section of the North Canton facility, taking on its urethane line in addition to its machine shop capabilities, said Jon Kaufman, product manager of urethanes and polymers for A. Stucki. The company worked with Seco to develop its capabilities and bring more processes in-house, which calls for a larger footprint.
The North Canton facility did give the company room to grow without needing to move right away, but the new planned facility in Green will improve on that as well, Seccombe said. The way the building is designed, it gives Seco an additional 50,000 square feet of infrastructure as a knockout that can be added in the future. The location also has additional land that could be used for expansion.
The new site already is being excavated, Kaufman said. The majority of the space used in the new facility will be covered by the machine shop, with the urethane line taking up a smaller footprint.