to Their Roots
Apache Inc. broke ground on the 90,000-square-foot expan- sion of its main production
facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in May
of 2015. Now, they’re nearing the fin-
ish line. According to CEO Thomas
Pientok, the facility will be at full-
scale operation by the end of April.
Apache is a conveyor belt, hose and
rubber part manufacturer and certainly no
stranger to expansion and acquisitions.
Despite a tough economy for the industry, Apache recently opened a facility
in Dallas and acquired a company in
Portland over the past couple years, in
addition to the expansion in Cedar Rapids.
Jill Miller, marketing and communi-
cations manager for Apache, describes
how important these products are to
society overall. Everything you con-
sume, touch and eat has been involved
with conveyors — from the very
beginning at a manufacturing facility
to the front end in retail.
“When you go to the grocery store,
there’s conveyors running the groceries — but no one ever thinks about
that,” she explains.
The $7 million expansion was
announced in order to accommodate the
company’s significant growth, as well as
provide more workspace. The additional
space will also aid with in-house testing
of belts, says Gregg Hanson, vice president of sales.
“We’re definitely expanding and
improving our testing capabilities,” he
The expansion is so extensive that
it involves moving every single piece
of equipment, Hanson continues. The
company nearly doubled the amount of
doors at the loading dock from five to
nine to accommodate increased input
In addition to the extra 90,000 square
feet indoors on the inside of the facilities, Apache added a canopy outdoors
on its core value.