Tec Air leaves Illinois, brings new jobs to Munster site
Post-Tribune Staff Report October 23, 2013 12:18PM
Tec Air at a glance
Founded in 1965, Tec Air designs and manufactures fans and blowers for automotive, industrial and residential HVAC original equipment manufacturers. Tec Air also specializes in fans and blowers for appliances, yard care, floor care, refrigeration and climate control industries.
Interested applicants can contact Tec Air Human Resources via email at email@example.com.
Updated: November 25, 2013 1:08PM
MUNSTER — Tec Air Inc., a designer and manufacturer of plastic air movement components and systems, announced Wednesday it’s relocating its Willow Springs, Ill., headquarters to Munster, creating up to 258 new jobs by 2016.
The 48-year-old company will lease, equip and relocate its Illinois headquarters into a 128,000 square-foot facility located in the Lake Business Center at 9200 Calumet Ave. Tec Air will initially invest about $7 million dollars in new equipment and building improvements. In addition, Tec Air will transfer almost $8 million of assets from its Illinois facility to the new location, bringing the company’s investment in Indiana to about $15 million.
The expansion, which will be complete next spring, will house corporate offices, engineering labs, manufacturing, quality labs, warehousing and distribution. Tec Air’s investment will include new injection molding and assembly equipment, such as process cooling, material handling, molding machines, robotics and research and development test equipment.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Tec Air Inc. up to $2.26 million in conditional tax credits and $190,000 in training grants based on its capital investment plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until investments in Indiana are made, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Munster offered additional incentives.
Also, the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority pledged about $2 million in incentives from its Deal-Closing Fund to help bring the company to Northwest Indiana.
“Tec Air is experiencing significant growth, and we want to position ourselves to capitalize on that path of success. We looked at multiple locations for our expansion and chose Indiana for several reasons,” said Bob McMurtry, president of Tec Air.
“Outgrowing our current location and Indiana’s pro-business environment solidified our decision to not only expand into Indiana but to relocate our entire operation from Illinois.”
Tec Air will transfer about 150 jobs from its Illinois facility to its Munster location and plans to begin interviewing, training and hiring new employees in the first and second quarters of 2014.
Last week, MAC Medical Supply Company, Inc., a wholesaler and sourcer of medical supplies, announced plans to relocate its warehouse and shipping operations from Tinley Park, Ill. to Munster, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2016.