Anca, Inc., a machine tool builder, recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting at their Wixom Facility. The company expanded their facility by 50%, adding a dedicated customer focus and training center, and doubling its machine demonstration area. The event is captured in the video below.
Anca, Inc., president, Russell Riddiford hosted representatives from the company's Melbourne, Austrailia headquarters, as well as many other visitors, including some local dignitaries.
*Schonscheck, Inc., also a Wixom company, was contracted for the expansion.
Ford Wixom Plant Property Sold
The former Ford Wixom Plant property has been sold to a new owner, Industrial Commercial Properties (ICP) of Solon, OH. ICP owns/has redeveloped other former automotive properties in multiple states, including here in Oakland County. They have indicated a desire to bring outstanding commercial and industrial uses forward for the property and we look forward to working together with ICP to transform this long vacant industrial space in Wixom.
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Wixom Industry Veteran Of 65 Years Retires
As posted to www.vendingmarketwatch.com, March 17, 2017
After more than 65 years in the industry, Jerry Horan, Vending Consultant at VendTek Wholesale Equipment, Inc. (Wixom, MI) is set to retire once more at the end of March. Horan served in Active Duty Army Artillery before attending Loyola University in his native Chicago, where he earned a BSC in Business Administration, as well as being elected to the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity.
If you worked in the industry throughout the Midwest during the past 65 years, chances are you and Jerry crossed paths. He started in 1962 working in Sales for RC Cola Syrup before moving over to Sweetheart Cups in 1965. It was here that Jerry’s passion for the industry really took hold and he eventually moved to become National Sales Manager at Honor Guard Systems, where he built sales from $0 to over $1,000,000 plus annually. In 1985 he joined the Polyvend team as a Regional Sales Manager overseeing 26 states. He then moved on to join American Vending Sales as a Sales Manager until leaving in 2001 and becoming Vice President at Signature Sales & Service until his first retirement in 2008.
After retiring to Michigan to be closer to his daughter, Horan had a chance run-in with the President of VendTek Wholesale Equipment, Inc. (Tom St. Germain), who of course remembered him from all his years of work. Feeling that he still had some “fight” left in the tank and growing bored of the retired life, Horan decided to join the VendTek team as a consultant in 2010, a position where his many years of experience have been put to great use until his decision to re-retire at the end of March. Always quick with a story or some advice for anyone who needs it, Jerry became a very important part of VendTek’s success in the past 7 years.
Throughout his career Jerry is especially proud of all the relationships he has made along the way and is very optimistic about the future of the industry he has given nearly 65 years to. He plans to travel the open road - see the country and visit his grandkids with his Chihuahua guard dog, Bear, by his side.