Spun Metals, Inc., 301 N. Murphy Ave., Brazil, confirmed to The Brazil Times that it is relocating to Paris, Ill., as of May 31.
It is a manufacturing company that specializes in metal forming for combustion systems, and is one of five companies owned by Integrated Energy Technologies, Inc., Evansville.
"We are in the process of positioning our companies for growth," President of IET and Spun Metals Michael Lampert said. "The power generation market, which is our primary market, is expected to double by 2012 and we are already starting to see increases in the need for production volume."
The company will be consolidating with IET's MECO plant in Paris to better align its resources for production.
"There will probably still be a few operations here as of May 31, but when people call us, the phone will be picked up in Paris," Lampert said. "It is a steady process to move everything and still be productive at the same time."
Even though Spun Metals is leaving, Lampert said the company is offering a generous package to its current employees to make the move as well.
"It is important to have a trained staff in our industry and intend to keep as many of our current employees as we can," he said. "It is tough to find the right people to hire, which makes the value of our employees even higher, and the majority of our employees have voiced an interest in going with us."
At the same time of the move, another area company is looking into purchasing the Spun Metals building to expand their own operations.
UMDI, United Machine and Design, Inc, located at 3600 N. State Road 59, Brazil, does a lot of work with Spun Metals and may take over its building in the near future.
The company was founded in May 2000, and currently occupies more than 13,000 square feet of manufacturing area with an additional 8,000 square feet of warehouse space.
"UMDI does a lot of machining and design work. Spun Metals works with the raw materials and we usually get it after that," UMDI President Tim Callahan said. "Moving into their building would allow us to work for the future and be able to expand faster because there is three-and-a-half times more room in their building than where we currently are."
Spun Metals currently has approximately 41 full-time employees, while UMDI has 26.
"We plan to expand the number of employees as time goes on to suit our needs," Callahan said. "We might be doing some additional hiring around the end of this year."
With their respective industries continually growing and expanding, both Lampert and Callahan see big things to come in the future.
"We have to be consistent and hire more workers when we need them," Callahan said. "With a 15-20 percent growth expected over each of the next five years, we can't do it all at once because we won't be able to sustain the growth or be efficient."
The majority of the jobs UMDI does are hands-on and require a lot of skills, particularly in the machining of detail parts, but they are willing to work to build up the skills of those entering the industry.
"We always encourage people to further their education," Lampert said. "We like our employees to at least have taken technical programs and classes so they have a fundamental knowledge of the industry to begin with. It also allows the kids to see if they like it and gives them a better understanding of what they want to do."
Callahan agrees with Lampert on the need for a background and interest in the industry and said the companies do allow people to work while in school.
"It gives them a little bit of hands-on experience while they continue their education," he said. "We have to make sure people want to do the job because with the high skill level needed, there is a very low turnover rate. The job takes a lot of effort which is why our employees are so valuable to us."
Both UMDI and Spun Metals work with companies on a national and global scale, including those in the Aerospace industry, so their view in the local eye is fairly minimal.
"Unless people know our buildings from driving by them, they may not know we are here because we don't have local customers," Lampert said. "We have national and global customers like General Electric Industrial, Siemens and Caterpillar, but we do contribute to the local community by participating with the area United Way and other similar organizations."
While both Callahan and Lampert understand moving a major company from a small community can cause some shock and panic, but they believe, in the grand scheme of things, this particular move is a good thing overall.
"Paris is a similar community to Brazil, so we hope the transition for the workers who come with us will be a smooth one," Lampert said. "There are anxieties that surround every change, but once people see the good that can happen, the anxiety goes down, and people should see that this is not a bad thing, but an opportunity for growth on both ends."