To grow, ElectriPack Inc. has changed with the times. Over and over again.
The Miamisburg company is preparing to move to Moraine this fall in the next stage of its growth — its fifth such move since it was formed in 2002. But President Jason Wright, who’s been with the company since the start, said new and unexpected opportunities have made the change possible.
The company has renovated the old C-Safe buildings at 2900-3014 Dryden Road in order to expand its wire harnessing production facilities to 90,000 square feet. The company’s products are used in trucks, buses, robotics, RVs and other vehicles, and the new facility will help it expand its market share at a time when these industries are changing what they build, and where they find their parts.
“There have been some growing pains, but it’s a good time for a change,” Wright said.
It was in 2013 that ElectriPack moved to its current home, a 30,000-square-foot space in a building near the intersection of Austin Boulevard and Byers Road, in a bid to expand from 35 employees to over 50. Its home before that was an 18,000-square-foot space at 976 Senate Drive in Washington Township. At the time, they were taking advantage of reshoring for main clients like Airstream, Motoman Robotics and Cummins Inc., and other names that can be found along the Interstate 75 corridor.
Fast forward a decade later, and new kinds of change in the business are at play, Wright said.
“We hit a peak in 2018 and then had lost one of our larger customers who’d pulled some work in-house,” Wright said. “So, we needed to rebuild and of course there was a lot of confusion in the pandemic. But we ended up seeing our orders really start to grow despite the challenges.”
Once again, reshoring was at play he said, noting how much the international supply chain became clogged when the pandemic triggered a new set of demands for personal protective equipment, medical supplies and other materials overnight.
“They saw the issues that come with things being made overseas and wanted to be more local,” he said. “Well, that helps us with our sales efforts, and so we were really investing in our marketing.”
When it first started looking at growth again, it took advantage of the Fastlane program out of University of Dayton, which helped with planning and site selection. Montgomery County furnished $120,000 through its Economic Development/Government Equity, or ED/GE incentive program, and Moraine economic development efforts were helpful, too.
With this new move, the company again has rosy predictions. Instead of growing to 50 employees, it hit 60 in Miamisburg. If things continue like they do, the company could grow to 120 to 150 employees.
“We’ve worked with the customers we have for a long time, and we’ve seen a lot of the same as they look locally for more,” Wright said.
Construction Managers of Ohio is general contractor for the buildout, which is completed this month.