JERSEYVILLE — Applied Engineering Plastics Inc., a plastics manufacturing company, recently has moved its location to 6 Industrial Drive in Jerseyville from St. Louis.
AEP is co-owned by Pete Kuhn and Kyle Steiner and has been in existence since 2006. Both are Godfrey natives and have worked in plastics for more than 20 years. According to the pair, the move was strategic on many levels; more space for the growing company, returning to the owners’ Illinois roots, supporting a community they know and have been welcomed to, better for themselves and their families, and a strong TIF district incentive from Jerseyville.
“Pete and I are very thankful for all of the local support that we have received during the transition process,” Steiner said. “The new facility has allowed us to create an open and clean work environment for our employees and will allow for expansion to support future growth. We look forward to growing with the Jerseyville community.”
Before settling at the new location, Kuhn and Steiner looked in Wood River, Alton and Godfrey but the ease of access for truck deliveries and the overall state of the building made Jerseyville their final choice.
AEP held an open house on Nov. 14 and invited the surrounding community to visit the facility, enjoy snacks and beverages and see one of the shifts making parts. More than 70 people came through during a three-hour time period including Jerseyville Mayor Richard Perdun and numerous City Council members.
Months of work was invested to transform the vacant warehouse into a top-notch manufacturing facility with new offices, conference room, parts inspection room, programming room, break room and bathroom. An upgrade in electrical services to run 10 machines, all-new phone and computer lines to the machines and offices, new plumbing and numerous other projects all were sourced locally and completed by GTI Inc., Loelke Plumbing and Pointer Electric.
AEP provides precision machined high-performance plastics components to original equipment manufacturers throughout the country. It combines today’s machining technology with years of specialized experience in the plastics industry, bringing innovation and cost effectiveness to every opportunity. AEP is a resource for engineering assistance, material selection and quality part production within the plastics industry.
The move provides the opportunity for significant growth and higher efficiency.
For more information, visit the website at www.appliedengineeringplastics.com.