in August, Seco moved most of its operations from Jackson Township to its new 120,000-square-foot, one-story structure on 12 acres of former cornfield at the southeast corner of Mayfair and Greensburg roads.
Started by parents Richard and Mary Seccombe (both now deceased) and sons Thomas and Stephen, Seco Machine has flourished and since 2010 has been a division of the A. Stucki Co., an engineering-based company near Pittsburgh.
Seco produces cast and forged metal products with extreme accuracy for rail, automotive and other industrial customers. The firm also supplies custom-molded urethane products, including cast and molded urethane parts to a wide variety of industrial customers. Its machines also cast iron skillets for many leading cookware companies.
State-of-the-art robot cells are used in many of the processes, and more will be added as the company grows. The robot cells aid in production output in terms of quality for smarter and faster delivery.
“We manufacture mainly railroad components [as] our core business products,” said Thomas Seccombe, the firm’s senior vice president and general manager, during a recent tour of the facility. “Our manufacturing capabilities primarily include mold making, precision turning and milling.”
Among family members operating the business with Seccombe are cousin David Seccombe, the production manager, and brother-in-law Todd Woofter, Seco’s quality control manager.
“We take pride in our contract machining for automotive, agricultural and industrial businesses as well as water pumps and lift truck components. We are big proponents of products made in the USA. We produce over a million machined components a year.”
The move to Green was not an easy decision, he said.
“We had looked pretty hard in Canton, Alliance and North Canton in planning to expand. We really wanted to [locate] in North Canton, if possible, but there just wasn’t enough commercial property available that suited our needs for now and in the future. The city of Green definitely stepped up.
“Green’s economic development team did a great job helping us along the way. It just was a really good fit,” Seccombe said.
The project cost about $9 million.
“We really felt that employee retention was critical so we looked at where everybody lived and determined we weren’t going to lose anybody [by expanding in Green]. We felt it also gives us an opportunity to draw from Summit and Stark counties and even into Cuyahoga and other neighboring locations.”
He said location of nearby Akron-Canton Airport, a lot of hotels and restaurants also were big attractions for bringing customers to see the facility.
Seccombe said he felt strongly about the Green Local Schools for those who might move their families into the district, noting that Seco has always felt strongly about supporting the schools wherever the plant was located.
In 2010, Seco had six employees and a couple of pieces of equipment in Jackson Township. Now that number has risen to 100. There have been a handful of new hires since coming to Green, “and we are constantly looking for dedicated and qualified personnel, especially engineers and machinists.
“We have a great culture here,” he said. “Even though we aren’t a family business anymore, it is still run like a family business — and that is really important to us.”
He said the company has aggressive sales goals and hopes to to add as many as 50 new positions over the next couple of years.
“We built this building knowing we wanted to build the infrastructure that would allow us to continue to grow and add more sophisticated customers. We work with world-class companies like the Ford Motor Co., Toyota and [others] who want a secure supply chain with their product. They don’t want their product made in a garage.”
Seco has room inside for expansion as well as additional vacant land to add roughly 60,000 additional square feet.
Seco’s urethane division with about 20 employees remains in Jackson Township, but will be moved shortly, Seccombe said. The division manufactures urethane plastics products and components, for the rail as well as other industrial and commercial companies.