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Zeco Machine, Inc., located in Oak Hill Industrial Park on Seward Road just east of I-35, specializes in precision components for original equipment manufacturers. View their company online.
Started by Tony Ziegelgruber in the early 1980s at a 4,000 square feet machine shop behind their house, the company has grown to 41,000 square feet, 40 skilled employees, and multiple CNC machines that provide a wide range of capabilities to meet their client’s needs in the oil and gas industries.
In 1998 Ziegelgruber purchased 80 acres on Seward Road with easy access to I-35 and began to develop the property into Oak Hill Industrial Park. The first step was to obtain a reliable source of water, but the property was located 5 miles from the local Rural Water District’s lines. In order to tap into the Rural Water District, he found that he would have to build the line for the connection. Instead, he petitioned the Water Resources Board for water rights so he could provide water to his business as well as other businesses that would move into the industrial park. That accomplished in 2000, he built Zeco’s first 10,000 square feet building.
Soon Tony saw the need for more space to accommodate CNC equipment, such as a CNC lathe that would be required for specialized jobs with high quality standards for close tolerance components. As Zeco’s business grew and clients expanded, CNC Lathes (as mentioned) and Mills, conventional lathes and mills, and 5-axis vertical machining centers were added as well as skilled machinists to increase capacity. The original 10,000 square feet building was gradually expanded to 21,000 square feet.
The company continued to excel at precision machining as the quality of its components increased. In 2012 to support their customers’ needs, a second 20,000 square feet building was built and equipment added to further increase capacity. A specialized directional drilling component supplier for Baker Hughes, Zeco is currently working with the company on the International Quality Standards System certification.
In addition to Zeco, Oak Hill Industrial Park has grown to include five additional thriving businesses, with a total of just under 200 stable jobs created since 2000. Oak Hill’s location and easy access to transportation corridors have proved to be attractive to companies looking to expand outside the metropolitan area.
Companies located in Oak Hill Park are:
CP Masters Inc., a company that designs, installs, and maintains cathodic protect systems for corrosion control in the energy industry.
IDS Blusource is a distribution center working with a network of manufacturers and large corporations with excess inventory to collect, warehouse, sort, distribute and track inventory going to benefit non-profit organizations who serve domestic or international charities.
Desert Snow Training is a company working with Federal, State, and Local law enforcement officers, the military, and other professional inspectors on training for drug, weapons, and other criminal action interdiction. Large numbers of the highway patrol, police, and other law enforcement professionals come to the Desert Snow location on Seward Road for training.
Reliable Insulation is a homebuilder’s insulation contractor.
LCEDC is proud to have partnered with Zeco during the growth of both Zeco and Oak Hill Industrial Park, which has grown to include 120 acres of industrial property. Logan County is fortunate to have this quality industrial property available!