In the early 1980’s, Bev and Willie Van Wyhe heard that Webster City Rewind, a motor rewind company, was selling their plastics operation. The Van Wyhe’s recognized the opportunity and purchased the company. At the time of purchase, there were only two injection molding machines and two employees.
The facility eventually grew to nine injection molding machines with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Throughout the years, as Vantec began to take on more customers and employees, the once open floor space began to fill in. In order to better serve our valued customers and employees, Vantec began developing plans for a larger, more advanced, world class facility.
In the spring of 1997, the building of the new facility started to take place. In the summer of 1998, the doors opened for the first time in the new spacious 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Not only was the building new, but Vantec had brought in four more injection molding machines and welcomed aboard more employees. By the end of 1998, Vantec, Inc. had a total of 13 injection molding presses and 70 employees.
Not only was there a great deal of focus on customers and the internal molding operations itself, but there was also a large amount of focus on the employees. Vantec, Inc. has had employees attend classes in Transformation of American Industry, Team Building, Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Robotics, and CMM Programming.
When the new facility was originally designed and constructed, the thought of expansion was kept in mind. Vantec worked hard with their 24/7 operation but also worked smart by adding more robotics and automation whereever possible.
In early 2004, a decision was made to build an 85,000 sq. ft. expansion project to the existing building. The new addition was added to allow the acceptance of larger injection molding machines up to 3,000 tons, provide more floor space to the warehouse, and establish a bigger assembly area.
Vantec opened its second facility in November of 2008, in Falls City, Nebraska. It is a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility capable of holding 20 injection molding presses, with the ability to double to 80,000-sq.-ft. The new Nebraska plant was built to add capacity, as well as, to be closer to customers and be more responsive to their needs.
Today, Vantec, Inc. is housed in a 145,000 sq. ft. building and employs 150 people with various aptitudes.
On December 1st 1983 Willie & Bev Van Wyhe purchased a plastic injection molding company which consisted of two machines and two employees in a 3,000 sq. ft. facility.
One of the original two employees is still employed at Vantec, Inc. today.
The name Vantec comes from the Van in Van Wyhe, and the tec comes from technology.
In 1994, Vantec, Inc. became ISO certified.
The building of a new facility began in Webster City, Iowa.
A newly finished 60,000 square ft. building becomes the new home and location for all Vantec, Inc.ís operations in July of 1998.
Vantec began to expand the facility another 85,000 sq. ft. with plans to bring in large tonnage injection machines and provide additional warehouse space. The expansion was completed six months after the start.
Vantec opened a 40,000 sq. ft. facility, in Falls City, Nebraska, to add capacity, as well as, to be closer to customers and be more responsive to their needs.