Archive for November 2013

IC-Fluid Power Breaks Ground on New Building

IC-Fluid Power Groundbreaking

(L-R) Klaus Hunger, Armin Hunger, Catherine Hunger, Ben Hunger

IC-Fluid Power, a privately-held custom hydraulics and replacement spare parts firm, held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, November 22 for a new, state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Northwood, Ohio. The new 14,080 square foot facility is expected to be completed spring 2014.

 IC-Fluid Power has outgrown its current space in Rossford, Ohio and is expanding its partnership with one of its suppliers Universal Hydraulik to manufacture heat exchangers at the new facility specifically for the North American market. The new building features open-plan office and warehouse to allow easy reconfiguration and expansion as well as creating a welcoming, clean and comfortable space for employees.

Design was completed by Duket Architects Planners and Rudolph/Libbe Inc., a Walbridge-based general contractor, is the construction company responsible for building.

Attendees of the groundbreaking included IC-Fluid Power President, Armin Hunger and Vice President, Bernd Hunger, Mike Duket and Jeff Brummel of Duket Architects Planners, as well as Dick Kelsey, Troy Fritch and Carla Klatt from Rudolph Libbe. Markus Rasmus from 5/3 Bank, Charles Bloom Manore Bloom & Csomos, City of Northwood Administrator, Bob Anderson and Northwood Chief of Police Thomas Cairl, were also in attendance.

“We are excited for this next step in the growth of IC-Fluid Power,” commented Armin Hunger, president of IC-Fluid Power. “We continually adjust our supplier base to provide world-class hydraulic products and engineering to the North American market. The completion of this building next spring also coincides with IC-Fluid Power celebrating 25 years in business.”

Based in Rossford, Ohio, IC-Fluid Power is a privately-held firm providing custom hydraulics, replacement parts, technical expertise and repair for European-engineered product lines to clients throughout North America. Since 1989, IC-Fluid Power has successfully provided engineering solutions and peace of mind. For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit www.icfluid.com.

IC-Fluid Power Announces BBB Accreditation

BBB AccreditationIC-Fluid Power is pleased to announce that they have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. 

The Better Business Bureau is an independent agency that has been looking out for consumers’ interests since 1912. The BBB reviews businesses to see if they meet the Bureau’s rigorous standards of excellence in customer service and endorses those businesses that qualify.

“We are thrilled that the Better Business Bureau felt IC-Fluid Power met its competitive standards for joining the organization,” said Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power. “Our BBB Accreditation gives our customers confidence in our commitment to maintaining high ethical standards of conduct.”

Accreditation by the BBB is by invitation only. Only those businesses that meet the BBB’s high standards and pass the review process are approved. BBB Accredited Businesses must adhere to BBB’s “Standards for Trust,” a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices representing trustworthiness in the marketplace. The standards call for building trust, embodying integrity, advertising honestly, telling the truth, being transparent, honoring promises, being responsive and safeguarding privacy. 

First International WorkBoat Show a Success for IC-Fluid Power

2013 Work Boat Show

(L-R) Doug Cheney and Tim Niemiec

For the first time in their history, IC-Fluid Power attended the International WorkBoat Show, held annually in New Orleans, LA. Doug Cheney and Tim Niemiec, both in sales for IC-Fluid Power, worked the show October 9-11 with more than 1,000 other exhibitors. The International WorkBoat Show is North America’s largest commercial marine tradeshow.

Despite attendance being down slightly due to the show’s October date (the show is usually held in December), IC-Fluid Power received good exposure for their Universal Hydraulik heat exchangers, particularly the fail-safe cooler line.

 Fail-safe coolers are often used in marine, offshore oil, power and steel plants, and other applications where natural water is used as the cooling medium and, for reasons of environmental or mechanical protection, mixing of mediums needs to be avoided. Universal Hydraulik’s fail-safe coolers act as two heat exchangers in one ensuring 100% safety if the outer or inner tube gets destroyed.

“The Workboat Show was a great learning experience for a better understanding of the Marine Industry and marine applications,” commented Mr. Niemiec. Mr. Cheney added, “I considered it an excellent event and venue. We did very well for this being our first WorkBoat Show. With some adjustments, I expect we’ll improve on our success next year.”

For additional information on Universal Hydraulik’s fail-safe cooler line, visit www.icfluid.com/products/heat-exchangers or call 1-877-ICFLUID.

 

Jay Dee Solether Hired for Product Manager Position at IC-Fluid Power

Jay Dee Solether

Jay Dee Solether

IC-Fluid Power, a privately-held firm providing custom hydraulics and replacement parts to clients throughout North America, recently hired Jay Dee Solether as Product Manager for their Universal Hydraulik heat exchanger product line.

In his role, Mr. Solether will manage existing heat exchanger products. He will also work with Universal Hydraulik, German-based manufacturer of heat exchangers, to create and integrate new products and product changes. He will also assist IC-Fluid’s North American sales team.

“We are thrilled to have Jay Dee join the IC-Fluid Power team,” said Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power. “Not only does he bring an educational background in sales and international business, he also has a complete view of business. His ability to speak fluent German doesn’t hurt either.”

Mr. Solether came to IC-Fluid Power from One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning where he held the position of sales and customer service. Mr. Solether said, “I am extremely excited to work for a company that has ties to Germany. I lived in Germany for 12 years and feel very comfortable with the culture and language. My background will allow me to make a positive impact immediately and I’m looking forward to helping IC-Fluid Power grow.”

Working from IC-Fluid Power headquarters in Rossford, Ohio, Mr. Solether’s job responsibilities include: 

  • Strengthening manufacturer relationships
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Product development planning
  • Market analysis and trend identification