Walerko celebrates 60 years in business with a $1.5 Million dollar capital investment
The year 2012, witnessed growth to our facilities, and precision machining technological capabilities. We added an 8,000 square foot large part machining bay to our main building, including a semi truck dock, 15 ton bridge crane for handling large parts, and a new high speed CNC Bridge Mill. The Bridge Mill weighing in at over 100,000 pounds is one of the largest mills of its kind in northern Indiana. We are now capable of machining parts 10 feet x 14 feet long, and machine five sides of the part in one setup, with accuracy of two ten thousands of an inch. The mill enables us to enter a market for large part machining in the construction, automotive, machine tool, and agricultural industries. To meet our customer’s needs for large part and fixture inspection we purchased a Faro Laser Tracker Ion. The laser allows us to bring our inspection department to the work site. The Laser has a distance capability of 180 feet radial and vertical, with accuracies of .0002 of an inch. With the laser we now offer our customers subcontract inspection of parts at their facility and provide a geometrical dimension report.
With the recent expansion we now have 48,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate business growth opportunities. Our recent growth is part of a steady progression, from the company’s early beginnings in a garage on Okema Avenue, in Elkhart. Edward F. Walerko started his business machining experimental parts and tooling for Bendix Aerospace, in 1952. The company grew as a traditional tool and die business thru the 1950’s.
In 1964, Walerko built a new facility and entered into the Numerical Controlled machining of jet engine components.
During the 1970’s tooling and machining customers from the automotive and machine tool industries were added to the growing aircraft market. In 1979, Walerko added its first Computer Numerical Controlled Machining Center, and expanded its facility to accommodate the production machining of larger parts.
In 1990, Walerko built an addition for larger CNC mills, and began to shift from the aerospace market to commercial markets, and larger part machining. During the past twenty years the company has diversified its markets to include, automotive, construction, mining equipment, agricultural, pump, and machine tool industries.
In 2005, the company purchased and remodeled a 13,000 square foot building adjacent to its main manufacturing building. The companies’ tool crib, plate grinding, sawing, welding, shipping/receiving and material inventory moved to this facility.
In 2008, Walerko Tool & Engineering changed ownership to the second generation, when Edward M. Walerko completed purchasing the company, after 28 years of employment there.