We’ve all heard the old adage that necessity is the mother of all invention. Acme Cryogenics recently learned just how inventive it could be when the South Allentown manufacturing company discovered it had a big need.
Acme Cryogenics manufactures equipment and components, and provides engineering, design, fabrication, installation, and repair services for the food packaging, pharmaceutical, semi-conductor, medical gas pipe, and industrial gas industries.
Its clients include Air Products, Linde, Air Gas, Praxair, Air Liquide and other similar companies. In addition to its Allentown facility it also has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and recently acquired Midwest Cryogenics in Lonsdale, Minnesota. Its Allentown facility was acquired from Air Products in 1993 allowing the company to enter the “warm” side of the industrial gas industry.
Business was going strong when the company was notified by its landlord that a facility it rented in another part of the Queen City was going to be sold.
“We were in need of new space, and we needed it fast!” said Director of Technical Sales and Marketing David Edge, who has been with the company nearly 40 years.
That facility housed the company’s helium container and hydrogen tank repair division, which refurbished metal containers and tanks that had been out in the elements and transported across the country and the ocean.
There wasn’t enough time to search for a new facility to rent and get all of their equipment relocated. Not to mention that they didn’t want to be in a rental situation again if they could avoid it in light of what happened last time.
So they took a good look at their South Allentown manufacturing facility and decided to invent space instead by adding addition onto their plant.
Construction of the new 75 ft. x 100 ft. addition began this past spring and culminated in mid-September. Equipment was relocated and the existing staff transferred to the site. And though the new space is considerably smaller than the space that the company previously rented, the staff is adapting.
“It’s forcing them to become more creative in how they operate and making them do the same amount of work with less space,” said Edge. “These repairs require a high level of skill and expertise. There’s no room for error.”
Since starting as a machine shop in 1969, Acme has grown over the last 40 plus years. They continue to make a positive contribution toward the advancement of the industrial gas industry and to improve the cryogenic and gas equipment marketplace.
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