Tem-Pace, founded in 1987, is planning to expand production by adding a shift and hiring seven more people.
Tem-Pace LLC of Niles, Michigan, US, is going against the present global trend and is, according to company president Bart Bennett, planning to expand production by about 20% by adding a shift and hiring seven more people. Tem-Pace Inc. became Tem-Pace LLC when an affiliate of Cypress Co., an investment group in Akron, Ohio, bought all the assets of Tem-Pace Inc. in July this year.
Tem-Pace Inc. was founded in 1987 by Richard Krause Sr., former CEO, president and founder, after he recognized the need for a tempering service in the tri-state area of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. He then decided to sell the company and has since stepped down and is working as a glass processing manager, with plans to retire within next year.
Tem-Pace, which had 125 employees in 2007, now has 80 employees in two offices in one location. The company will try to get back to the 2007 number in the next couple of years, Bennett says.
“New business, quality and service, and shorter lead time” are the three major items on Bennett’s agenda as the new president. “We plan on expanding our marketing group, which has been two people, by hiring one to two more people,” he says. “We will also work on team building through meetings and training.” Shorter lead times will be accomplished through the additional shift and new hires, he says.
Tem-Pace ships all across the US and to Canada and Mexico.
Bennett, former partner and long-time general manager, has been with Tem-Pace since the beginning of the company, managing daily operations.