A few words from our General Manager
Welcome to 2021! This year, Almco is celebrating its 75th anniversary. What a great time for our company. I wonder if our founder could have imagined that Almco would grow into one of the leading manufacturers of deburring, finishing, and washing equipment. Almco is in the small town of Albert Lea, MN. With less than 20,000 residents, the number of international companies and products originating in Albert Lea in the last 75 years is impressive.
The 2020 pandemic has been hard for everyone. Thankfully, Almco has a history of making quality products, and we have continued to sell equipment and supplies to our customers. These loyal customers, along with many new customers have helped Almco to get through the difficult days of the pandemic and have even led to increased growth in 2020. Thank you to everyone that has purchased our products in the last 75 years! You have made our company the successful, long-lasting business it is today. We appreciate all your support, and we will continue to be here to support you as well.
At the end of 2020, Almco hired Ryan Grabowski as the new Manufacturing Manager. Ryan comes to Almco with a knowledgeable background of manufacturing. His skills and training will assist Almco’s goal of keeping costs in check and help to reduce or eliminate the need for price increases. In addition to cost-saving initiatives, Ryan is helping Almco maximize our ERP system. This helps us to further reduce our equipment lead times and assists in reducing costs. Ryan manages the entire operations group for Almco; and is a great addition and a perfect fit for the ethical culture that is present in all Innovance business units. We welcome Ryan to our Almco Team!
Almco is planning to add 15 employees in 2021 to support our growth. Most of these additions will be in engineering and manufacturing. These positions are being added to increase production and to allow more focus on engineering design, research, and development. With these new additions, our team can improve on current products, be more involved with customers’ service needs, grow our new product offering, and assist our customers with their complete system design during the project development phase. These additional resources are a critical part of our goal to provide our customers with the highest quality equipment, exceptional customer service, and quick lead times.
Almco has several valuable active distributors that have a vast knowledge and many years of experience with our products. Due to our growth in 2020, we are looking to increase our distributor network. We recognize the value that our distributors add to our customers. Our distributors have quick response times and are often able to visit our customers more frequently than our regional sales managers due to smaller coverage areas. If you are a distributor or have a distributor recommendation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I wish all of you a good and prosperous year.