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Stecker Machine Company Expands Facility to Meet Customer Machining and Assembly Needs

07/26/2019 | Brad Kurtzweil

Interior shot of Plant 2 Addition-1

Stecker Machine Company, IATF 16949 and ISO 9001 certified, high-precision CNC machining company, recently completed a 77,700-square-foot addition to the company’s second facility to meet growing customer demand for high-quality, accurate machining and assembly. The Butler® pre-engineered steel structure was constructed by Manitowoc’s A.C.E. Building Service, the project’s design and build contractor.

“Supporting our customers is always our priority. Customer demand kept growing, and we had limited space for machines, materials, and people. We needed to add capacity and new CNC machine centers,” said Brad Kurtzweil, co-president at Stecker. “We needed more space to support our customers with full machine shop capabilities,” he added.

Once an expansion of Plant 2 was decided, Stecker looked to a trusted, local partner for construction assistance. “We partnered with A.C.E. on several past expansion projects, so we knew their skills were perfect for this addition. They know us and have helped us grow,” said Brian Stecker, co-president. “Our teams work together to design and build the best facility for our CNC manufacturing operations,” he added.

The expansion of Plant 2 furthered growth opportunities and operations efficiencies. Assembly operations moved and are consolidated to a new section of Plant 2. This freed space in Plant 1 for more materials including castings and finished machined parts.

The expansion also benefits employees. “We added bathrooms and a breakroom along with new paved parking on the north and south ends,” Brian said. “The new plant expansion is working great to streamline our operations and be agile for growing,” added Brad.

About Stecker Machine Company

Stecker Machine Company, Inc. is a TS16949: 2009 ISO-Certified machining facility that provides solutions to a wide range of manufacturing challenges. An IATF16949-certified, family-owned and -managed company, Stecker’s long-term vitality and commitment to customers is shown by reinvesting in new technology — 10 robots and more than 250 total pieces of equipment — as well as two facilities covering over 317,000 feet in the town of Newton in Manitowoc County. More than 275 non-union employees, including multi-generations, provide a range of highly accurate, quality machining for a variety of industries (agriculture, construction, recreation, defense, and other industrial equipment). In addition to a full engineering department, Stecker also offers several in-house, value-added services: pressure testing, data matrix/traceability, assembly, washing, balancing, and broaching.

Brad Kurtzweil

About the Author

Brad leads Stecker Machine and the Sales and Engineering team. His hands-on attention drives new capability introductions at SMC (gear/spline cutting is his latest obsession). Brad doesn't enjoy writing about himself, preferring to work closely with customers on new projects. Upon graduating high school, Brad started at SMC and worked his way up the ranks, initially finding his niche in quality control. He grew into the Quality Manager role, moving to (Sales) Account Manager, VP of Sales and Engineering, and now Co-President.