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Insulation Manufacturer Expanding to Yuma

Jan. 12th, 2012
Joyce Lobeck

First-year plans are for 61 employees Yuma’s manufacturing sector is getting a welcome addition, with the announcement that a California-based manufacturer of insulation products is in the process of expanding here. The manufacturer, InsulTech, makes high-tech thermal and acoustic insulation for commercial and industrial applications. It has leased a 17,000-square-foot warehouse and begun hiring its initial employees for a warehouse and distribution center for materials made in its maquiladora plant in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son. The center is the first of a phased expansion by InsulTech to Yuma. In addition, the company is negotiating for light industrial space to begin a manufacturing operation in Yuma, which it hopes to have running in the next six to nine months. The company plans to begin with 61 employees in Yuma, with starting wages between $10 and $15 an hour. It also intends to invest $1.08 million in the first year for equipment and building improvements, according to InsulTech’s application for a $463,925 grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority Rural Grant Initiative to help fund the company’s expansion into Yuma. For hiring information, jobseekers should contact Yuma Private Industry Council or check www.ypic.com. Initially, InsulTech was looking at Yuma to support its operation in San Luis Rio Colorado, said Kevin Wilkins, economic development project manager for the city of Yuma. Through the efforts of Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp., the company has since expanded its future plans for Yuma. “Insultech’s decision to choose Yuma was due in part to the quality workforce, lower operating costs in comparison to California and the favorable local business environment,” said Greg LaVann, senior project manager for GYEDC. “The company originally planned to open a small warehouse center in Yuma. We were able to demonstrate a multitude of benefits which opened the opportunity for more jobs to be created in our community. Insultech continues to advance their product lines and have aggressive goals to grow in Yuma for the foreseeable future.” According to InsulTech’s articles of incorporation, the company’s place of business is 1970 S. Factor Ave., with Tom and Lisa Bercaw listed as members. Bercaw opened the doors to InsulTech in January 1994 in Southern California. Headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., the company began by offering custom insulation products for heat containment, fire protection and standard emission requirements, according to the company’s website. It has since grown to include a full line of acoustical and thermal products for a wide range of industries. In 2011, InsulTech had an estimated sales of approximately $20 million worldwide. “This is a welcome addition to the area’s manufacturing sector,” Wilkins said. “It’s one more step toward broadening the manufacturing base in Yuma County with stable, year-round, good paying jobs.” Joyce Lobeck can be reached at jlobeck@yumasun.com or 539-6853. Find her on Facebook at Facebook.com/jlobeck or on Twitter at @YSJoyceLobeck.

Joyce Lobeck
Sun Staff Writer
The Sun
Jan. 12th, 2012