Machesney Park company’s business is running hot, both literally and figuratively


A Machesney Park company’s business is hot, both literally and figuratively.

We were there a couple of years ago, not long after Machesney Park’s Diablo Furnaces was born.

“We’ve already sold out through 2019,” said Dale Bridgewater, Shop & Service Manager for Machine Tool Builders. “We’re into 2020, so we have quite a backlog.”

When we first visited Machine Tool Builders in 2017, its Diablo Furnaces division was pretty new. There were only two full time employees, and two who split their time between MTB and Diablo.

Now, the company has 15 employees, and it’s growing. Diablo is looking to hire half-a-dozen more.

“From shipping and receiving, all the way up to very technical people, people that actually put machine tools together, people that write software for machine tools, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, we have a whole gamut of positions that we need filled.”

Diablo makes big heat treating furnaces from scratch.

It was born when a Rockford area company that made furnaces, Beavermatic, was sold. Many of the employees were left without a job when that happened. Some of them found a place to land at Diablo Furnaces.

Company executives believe the same thing could happen this time around, with Fiat Chrylser’s recently announced layoffs.

Chief Operating Officer Sue Harrod said, “I think the odds would be very good. In this area, we have a hard time finding qualified individuals to work for us.”

Diablo has some big-name customers, like Baker Hughes and Boeing.

“I believe this company has longevity,” said Sales & Marketing Manager Anne Miller. “I believe that it has technology that we’re going to be offering in the future. We work great as a team. And, there’s a lot of growth.”

When you ask current employees what they think about the company’s success, the business answer is that MTB and Diablo listen closely to customers to meet those customers’ needs.

But the people’s answer has to do with a sense of family between workers.

“The door is always open,” said Harrod. “Never mind givng a tour. I love bragging about Diablo. I love the place I work. And, I just can’t say enough good things about it.”

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