Lectro Gets New Plant to Accommodate Merger

By Bill Bregar

ST. LOUIS (June 11, 3:40 p.m. EDT) -- Lectro Engineering Co., which makes equipment for surface treatment and blow molding auxiliary machinery, recently doubled its space by moving to a new building, after Lectro merged with custom machinery supplier Automation Technology Inc. last year.

St. Louis-based Lectro is developing new automation products, said Lee Hyde, chief operating officer.

Hyde said the expansion, into a 43,500-square-foot, renovated plant, was necessary after the merger last summer with Automation Technology. ATI designs and builds custom automation equipment for testing and production. Hyde said the company serves plastics processors and other industries.

In early 2001, before the ATI merger, Lectro bought some assets of MTM Systems Inc. of Beaverton, Ore. The MTM blow molding auxiliary equipment includes take-away systems, detabbing and deflashing machines, spin and rotary trimmers, case packers and in-mold labeling systems.

Lectro’s original business is surface-treatment equipment based on plasma-discharge technology.

The merger with ATI means Lectro now can build complete systems targeted to a customer’s specific demands, such as matching the speed of an existing production line, Hyde said.