Iotron to become Hoosier-based company run by Hoosier values

April 26th, 2012
Tino Pereira – President/CEOBy Tino Pereira
Thursday, April 26, 2012

On March 15, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Whitley County’s Park 30 to celebrate the opening of Iotron Industries Canada/USA Inc. $15 million investment in northeast Indiana’s newest technology-based industrial facility.

During that ceremony, I offered my remarks for the basis of our decision to open this facility in your region. I assure you that our firm has taken the decision to locate a site, community and employees for this major investment very seriously.

It is no small achievement for your region to become the home to our first U.S. facility. Despite Hoosiers’ honest humility, I am writing this letter to congratulate the leaders and residents of northeast Indiana that they might appreciate why they are well-positioned for economic growth in the future.

When Iotron Industries Inc. began working on our expansion project, we were not initially aware of the strategic factors that would ultimately lead us to northeast Indiana, but please allow me to list them for you, as I think that sometimes Hoosiers are a bit too modest about touting or even acknowledging their major assets.

We were not aware of Indiana’s nationwide success on all significant economic indicators or that the state has been in a surplus position fiscally while other states have struggled to remain solvent.

We were not aware of the strategic, surprisingly energetic engagement and collaborative approach that the state of Indiana, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the regional business community would be employing to unify, optimize infrastructure assets and capitalize on business opportunities.

We were not aware of Whitley County’s and Kosciusko County’s economic development corporations’ aggressive approach to developing cluster industry strategies and to building solid relationships.

We were not aware of Indiana’s focus on entrepreneurship — the partnering of academia, industry and the business community to stimulate innovation and growth.

We were not aware of the emphasis on capacity building — the efforts taken to attract, train, educate and retain talent in the area.

Finally, we were not aware of Indiana’s reputation as a great place in which to live, work and invest.

I had a conversation with our chairman of the board many months ago in which I asked him what the fundamental tipping point was on the decision to locate in Indiana. This is how he responded: “It was simply the people we met, the values they stand for and how they have embraced our company. I want to do business with people I can trust!”

Based on this simple principle and effective decision, Iotron will endeavor to become a Hoosier-based company that is run by Hoosier values.

So now, we’re here, and we’ve turned the lights on in our new facility. We expect that our new dimension of service will impact and enable many companies to grow in the orthopedic, medical device, disposable materials, plastics, aerospace/defense, food safety and agribusiness sectors.

The opening of Iotron Industries USA was indeed a day for celebration and personal satisfaction for our company, but the work has just begun. It is only the start of our promise and a pledge to the “Crossroads of the Midwest.”

We will be building a new company here in northeast Indiana that will employ highly skilled labor, that is profitable and that will give us the capacity to be good corporate citizens that give back to the community.

Iotron Indiana USA project update

November 6th, 2011

As work progresses on our new Iotron Industries Electron Beam facility, located in the Park 30 Business Center Whitely County, Columbia City Indiana, it is important that we keep you posted on where we stand in terms of construction development and a potential startup date.

The construction team led by Hagerman Inc. broke ground in early 2010 with the goal of completing the 50,000 sq/ft facility by late fall 2011. We are pleased with the progress thus far and are on track to meet the completion deadline without issue. The coordination and collaboration on this building construction required significant leadership from our Indiana General Manager, Jeff Blakely, and we are delighted that he has now fully adapted himself to be the face of Iotron in the fine state of Indiana. Jeff’s goal will be to work hard and exceed Indiana’s standards to one day become a “Hoosier.”

The IMPELA accelerator (Industrial Materials Processing Electron Linear Accelerator) was engineered/assembled by our highly skilled team, lead by our Technical Manager Mark Simpson. The IMPELA was delivered, installed successfully in September and the commissioning phase is currently underway with a scheduled completion date of early in 2012. Our goal is to be ready for business by Q1 2012 and we have already started the process of hiring our Indiana-based employees as of October.

In terms of exposure to local economic development groups, potential markets, and new customers, under the guidance of Michael Snyder (the MEK group) we have been able to canvass a broad array of contacts and prospective business. We are extremely excited about being located in “business-friendly” Indiana – centered within the most concentrated orthopedic industry in the world, an emerging force in the agri business and foods segment, expanding medical products sterilization, defense, and aerospace markets. With our customer first approach, we believe that Iotron will have a highly competitive position that will benefit both Iotron and the Indiana region in the short- and long-term.

In due course, we will have to formally thank all those individuals, groups, business partners, and government officials that assisted Iotron in the construction or our electron beam facility but at this moment, I would like personally recognize Alan Tio the President of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation for his endless support. On behalf of the WCEDC, Alan was instrumental in working with three other counties to attract Iotron by offering local incentives.

In closing, the Iotron team is ecstatic about our expansion into the state of Indiana and will work extremely hard to earn the respect of the community, business partners, and all stakeholders.

Iotron Blog

October 4th, 2011

On behalf of the Iotron team, I would like to welcome you to our new updated website and our inaugural blog.

Having recently joined the company as President/CEO 5 months ago, it has been a privilege to take over the helm from our visionary company founder and now Chairman of the board – Lloyd Scott. There is no replacing the enormous impact of his legacy on the Irradiation industry, his efforts in the advancement of Electron beam applications on a global basis, the commercialization of the IMPELA Electron Beam technology, and his creation of a company that values quality, customer service, and a family environment at work.

I am extremely excited to be part of this dynamic team, our company’s bright future, and will endeavor to build on this strong foundation by focusing on our commitment to maximize customer satisfaction, business excellence, our quality culture, continual improvement, and innovation.

This proud Iotron team will ensure that:

  • we continue to act with integrity
  • we are responsive to customers’ expectations.
  • we will continue to be an excellent place to work
  • we are a great company to do business with

We care about each other, our customers, our suppliers, and all of our stakeholders.

In closing, we look forward to your comments and suggestions as our goal is to keep you posted on activities and events that impact our customers, company, and the electron beam industry.

We will connect with you soon and take care.