Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 17, 2002
Innovative Laser to double its size
By Lynda Jensen
The first business in the Howard Lake Industrial Park will also be the first one to expand at the park.
Innovative Laser Machining, Inc. plans to double its size by mid-July, after taking up residence in the park November last year.
The business specializes in custom flatbed
laser cutting, serving customers nationwide in several fields,
said General Manager and co-owner Chris Bickmann.
What they do
Innovative Laser manufactures everything from
tractor parts for John Deere, to metal shelf brackets for national
chains such as Mervyn's Department Stores.
Fast growth despite a slow economy
Innovative was formed and has thrived despite a slow economy over the past few years.
Originally, Fiecke began manufacturing in May 2000, leasing space out of a building in Winsted.
At that time, Innovative saw the opportunity for metal fabrication and developed a working relationship with HT Metals of Big Lake.
The business outgrew the Winsted spot rapidly, and the owners started industrial park shopping.
They chose Howard Lake for personal logistical reasons, since Fiecke lives northwest of Howard Lake, Bickmann said.
Fiecke is also very involved in the football team for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district, he said.
Soon after moving to the industrial park, Innovative decided to begin distributing as well as manufacturing. This required hiring drivers and a distribution manager.
This resulted in two years of growth in approximately
six months, he said.
Nowadays, Innovative plans to add another
110 x 60 feet to its structure.
Down the road, the building can be expanded a number of times if needed, which would result in a horseshoe shaped building, if needed, he added.
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