An Arcade manufacturing company is preparing to ship an order, definitely not your ordinary order, to China.
Crews at Koike Aronson are working on a huge weld positioner, weighing 130 tons. It's cost: $1.5 million. It will be used to build a nuclear reactor to supply electricity in China. You can see from the size and height of it, it's not your ordinary U.S. export. It will cost about $60,000 to ship it to China, after it is broken down into three separate pieces.
Jerry Leary, CEO and president at Koike Aronson/Ransome, has been able to turn the Arcade plant around and and land such work, with orders coming in from outside the U.S. "We went from a very small company in 2002/2003, about 73 people and a very high debt level to a nice size company for this area today," he said. "with 140 employees, 150 in the next 60 days."
Leary says those skilled workers with a strong work ethic have kept the plant in Arcade and helped it expand. Back in 2004, company sales outside the U.S. were about seven to eight percent. Leary says last year they were almost 35%.
Before this order ships, crews are showing it off to other companies who might need such services.