AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Schrock Metal Products has been around for about 20 years, but this last year has been a big one and Friday they showed off their hard work.
In January, the Akron metal fabricator kicked off a nearly year-long $1.7 million upgrade. The project included improvements in equipment so crews can work faster with better results, and also improvements to the reception and shipping areas.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "This is the type of homegrown success story we like to talk about a business that's growing, that's creating more jobs, that started here, that's staying here and that they're putting their money here."
The 25,000-square foot facility is a far cry from their first office, which was the back of the owners' pick up truck!
Schrock Metal President John Schrock said, "I started the business because I worked for someone for 364 days and he let me go because production was up and overhead was down and he didn't really need me anymore. So out of necessity I bought a welder and started a business doing portable welding."
With this upgrade, Schrock Metal is now one of only a few metal fabricators in the country to use fully-automated lasr cutting equipment.
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