Weldcote Metals Inc., a division of Zika Group, is opening a 49,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Niles, IL.
The state-of-the-art building, completed in August, was designed by Harris Architects and built by Krusinski Construction. The facility will incorporate manufacturing, production, distribution, training, and sales and marketing.
“Having the room to expand and add additional manufacturing capabilities is a critical component for our success as we position Weldcote for continued future growth that will direct the company to the forefront of the industrial tool industry,” said Joe O'Mera, CEO, Weldcote Metals.
The new facility is part of a strategic effort to increase Weldcote sales and visibility in the United States and position the brand as a one-stop-shop solution for the industrial tool industry.
“After putting a strong, experienced and knowledgeable sales team in place, it was important to secure a physical space that would allow for growth as we develop the Weldcote brand in the industrial market and deliver on our promise to be a high-end, ‘one-stop shop’ solution for our customers,” O'Mera added.
Weldcote Metals was founded by Bill Roland, founding CEO and current president, and John Pandorf, co-founder and CFO, in 2006. Earlier in 2018, Zika Group and O'Mera became additional owners, along with O'Mera being named CEO.
Headquartered in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Weldcote Metals is a manufacturer and wholesaler of welding supplies sold through distributors in the U.S. and various parts of the world. Weldcote’s product line consists of a wide range of production alloys for MIG, TIG, electrodes, brazing, and welding accessories, including lenses, helmets, chemical aids and gloves. Weldcote has six locations in the U.S.
Zika Group Ltd. manufactures welding consumables and equipment through manufacturing sites in Israel and Europe. Zika’s engineers and metallurgical and chemical laboratories offer products such as patent-pending low manganese electrodes.