Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized Total Manufacturing Company (TMCO) for finding a way to grow during tough economic times. The metal fabrication, design and manufacturing company has a $7 million expansion project under way to add 31,000 square feet and new high-tech machinery at its factory at 535 "J" Street.
"TMCO has succeeded the old fashioned way — through hard work, perseverance and strong leadership," Mayor Beutler said. "The high-tech equipment combined with a highly trained workforce has given TMCO a decisive edge in the marketplace."
Mayor Beutler said the City of Lincoln has been part of the success story too. "We have continued to focus our economic development efforts on assisting primary employers in our community," he said. "Finding creative ways to improve their operational efficiency is one of our top goals, particularly in relation to development services."
Beutler said the City worked with TMCO to find additional space to expand on its current site. The City also allocated $7 million in economic recovery zone facilities bonds to TMCO for improvements. The City received $26 million in bonds through the federal stimulus program.
"New growth and new business for TMCO means new jobs for Lincoln," said John Albers, TMCO general partner. "We are proud to call Mayor Chris Beutler and the City of Lincoln active partners in the TMCO expansion process. It proves that you can get a lot more done when all of the parties are moving in the same direction helping each other along the way."
TMCO started in 1974 with an 850-square-foot facility. When the expansion is completed, TMCP will occupy about 220,000 square feet of space. The company has about 160 employees.
Last summer, TMCO was named one of the fastest growing inner-city companies in the country. The Mayor nominated TMCO for the Inner City 100, a program of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City in cooperation with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Bloomberg BusinessWeek SmallBiz magazine. One of its customers — the CLAAS ag machinery firm — recently named TMCO as its Supplier of the Year. More information on TMCO is available at www.tmcoinc.com.