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Co-Tronics settling in

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SORTING SYSTEM:Longtime employee Josh Black sorts through one of many components the company produces.
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SHARING KNOWLEDGE: Co-Tronics President Ronald Sink talks about the business to Miami County officials during a tour of the facility.

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

Miami County officials continued their tour of local factories Wednesday morning with an up close and personal view of Co-Tronics.

Co-Tronics, a custom plastic injection molding company, is just one of several corporations Miami County officials have toured as part of their mission to better understand the local industries.

According to Miami County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jim Tidd, the tours are a way for elected officials to see each individual company and what roles they play in the community.

“They know a lot of companies by name, but they don’t necessarily know what the companies do,” said Tidd. “So as part of that we are doing this so that the elected bodies get a chance to walk through and they know what Co-Tronics does.”

Co-Tronics supplies custom injection molded components to companies in every major industry including components for thermostats, furnaces, road flares and candy containers.

“That might not mean much to you, but to us that is millions upon millions of parts,” said Co-Tronics Executive Vice President David Williams. “Different shape, different size, different materials.”

The company was founded in 1961 and was located in Logansport until three years ago when the corporation relocated to Peru.

According to Williams, the facility where they’re currently located, 2935 W. County Road 100 North, was too good to pass up seeing as it’s nearly 150,000 square feet of working space and it was more cost effective than building an entirely new facility.

The building also served as the perfect location for the company to be close to their customers and proved to have a convenience other businesses can’t always offer for clients.

“Most of our customers, I think 68 percent of our customers, are from Indiana, and that’s by design,” Williams said. “Just like anything else, the closer you have your customers to you, the better you can take care of them.”

In fact, the Peru facility has shown to have more than enough room for the Co-Tronics business and they’ve leased about 100,000 sq. ft. to another business as warehouse space.

Since their opening three years ago, they’ve remodeled the building to include painting the inside a pristine white, putting on a new roof and replacing the old lights with LED lighting in the manufacturing area.

“It makes a good impression when our customers visit, plus it’s a good working environment,” Williams said.

Williams said the company believes, in order to be organized, it’s important to look organized, which is why they’ve put in so much time and effort to making the plant look presentable for visitors and customers.

They even have some jobs coming up to clean the facility including taking down exterior structures they don’t need, landscaping and painting the exterior of the building from blue to white.

The company is not only cleaning up and utilizing a building that may have otherwise sat empty, but they’re employing local residents and using local services for their remodeling.

“The people we have met and gotten to know here have made our residence here in Peru a good one so far,” Williams said.

The company has around 25 employees altogether, but don’t let their size fool you, Co-Tronics has made quite a name for themselves by being close to home and they plan to stay.

“We’re here to stay and we’re going to be a fixture in the Peru area for a long time,” Williams said.