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New Manufacturer Comes To Normal

A new manufacturer is coming to town.

The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said Thursday that American Precision Assemblers will hire 40 to 55 people through the rest of this year.

The Hampshire-based company makes wire harnesses and cable and mechanical assemblies. Those go to industries ranging from healthcare and safety diagnostics to aircraft, automotive, and military defense contracts.

American Precision Assemblers will locate on Paper Chase Street in Normal.

The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council says it will primarily serve Precision Planting in Tremont.

“Our model is to be near our customer base, and we were really attracted to the labor force, the location, and the desired capacity in Bloomington-Normal,” said Dave Scheck, head of business development for APA.

Scheck also said the company hopes to attract business from Caterpillar and may build some assemblies for an existing contract with Navistar.

“We have operated for 26 years under a model of safety, quality, service, and cost. We are confident that model will work well in this community, said Scheck.”

He said APA targets clientele in the Fortune 500.

Scheck said pay starts at minimum wage, rises to $10 to $12 an hour depending on experience and seniority, with some higher pay rates depending on the position. Plant managers make in the $60,000 to $100,000 per year range depending on profitability and production metrics, said Scheck.

He said the company values diversity in its workforce.

The EDC said there are no incentives involved in bringing American Precision Assemblers to town. The EDC provided assistance in finding a suitable location.

The company also has facilities in Duluth, Minnesota, and Sonora, Mexico.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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