Diversification positions Midwest Engineering Systems for growth

Maintaining a presence in diverse markets is paying off for Midwest Engineering Systems.

The Waukesha-based designer of custom machines and automation services opened a 100,000-square foot corporate headquarters in October 2014. Midwest Engineering Systems employs 150 people at its main Waukesha facility, an engineering office in Beloit and a facility in Colorado.

“We took some chances back in 2007 and 2008 to acquire some companies and get into new markets, and it’s really has paid off for us,” said president Scott Woida. “By being in diverse markets, we’ve found we can weather the economic ups and downs.”

That diversity also sets Midwest Engineering Systems apart from its competition, he added. “Many of our competitors may be in either welding or automation, but we do both,” Woida said. “We have talented people here who can help us meet customers’ needs.”

Woida said the new facility’s size, including a 20,000-square-foot machine shop, a 40,000-square-foot high bay and a 10-ton crane to load and unload equipment, will help Midwest Engineering Systems as it continues to build larger projects for clients.

“We set up everything we build. We need the space,” he said.

Although it has a strong presence in Wisconsin and the Midwest, Midwest Engineering Systems serves clients around the world.

“The economy is strong right now and we are seeing growth across all segments,” Woida said. “We’re sized for future growth and we know there’s a lot more potential out there for us.”

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