National Technologies Inc., an Oak Creek-based CNC and screw machine shop, plans to break ground in October on a 40,000 square foot expansion to its 80,000 square foot facility. The company, which has about 130 workers, hopes to have the expansion completed by January, said Tom Harrington, president.
National Technologies is now looking for additional machinists and quality technicians – the company hopes to add about 10 new hires by the end of the year. It has already hired about 30 new employees since the start of the year, Harrington said.
“We may double our sales from where they were in 2009 (by the end of the year),” he said. “Last year they dropped quite a bit from 2008. But b the end of the year, we think we’ll be about 25 percent above 2008.”
One of National Technologies’ largest customers is Caterpillar. Many large manufacturers are now consolidating suppliers, Harrington said, a trend that has benefited his company.
Although the recession has closed some of National Technologies’ customers, the company is still finding the industrial machining industry very competitive, especially on the global front.
“We try to specialize in parts that are a little tougher (to produce) and low volume, which is tougher to source (internationally),” Harrington said.