Today: Jul 20, 2024

Knox facility leveled up as machining startup revolutionizes the game.

7 months ago

Key Points:

  • Wakal Machining LLC has opened a new facility in Starke County, Indiana.
  • The facility will fabricate new parts and repair existing equipment and parts for clients in various industries.
  • The company hopes to expand its workforce and work with local schools to hire graduates for its precision machine program.

A new machining business, Wakal Machining LLC, has officially opened its facility in Starke County, Indiana. The company, founded by veteran tool and die maker Bill Wakal and his wife Sherry, aims to fabricate new parts and repair equipment and parts for clients in the manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, farming, and construction industries. With the nearest machining shop providing the same service located an hour and a half away, the company saw the need for a machine shop in Starke County.

The facility, located in the Knox Industrial Park, is strategically located near many of the company’s clients, allowing it to better serve their needs. The company currently has only two employees but plans to double its workforce by the next year. Bill Wakal also expressed plans to work with the North Central Careers and Technical Education Cooperative to hire graduates from vocational programs at local schools who have completed the precision machine program at Ivy Tech Community College. This initiative aims to create career opportunities for local students and encourage them to stay in Starke County after graduation.

This new facility is a positive development for Starke County, as it will help to strengthen the local manufacturing industry and create employment opportunities. In addition, the company’s plans to work with vocational programs at local schools will contribute to the growth and development of the skilled labor force in the area.