Warren Design & Build was founded in 2014 in Warren, Ohio. We started with a goal to become a great industrial automation company and to service the industrial automation needs in the Warren Youngstown, Ohio area. We began by servicing Aptiv, as well as other companies in the region. Along the way, we quickly found our niche with emergency services as well as automation design and build projects. We are located in Warren, OH in the former Warren Coca-Cola building built in 1942. Our 40,000 square foot facility housed a similar business servicing Delphi/Aptiv's Champion Technical Center.
In 2018, Warren Design & Build made its first acquisition. We acquired the machine shop assets of Henkel (formerly WR Grace). The acquisition was assets, but these assets placed us solidly in the metal packaging industry. Our product line was based on compound application machines for the adhesive used in the manufacturing of steel can ends. These machines known by the trade names Darex and WR Grace, applied compounds to the perimeter of can ends. Running at 800 can ends per minute, our compound application machines are found in food can factories around the world. We now supply original equipment manufacturer replacement parts to can factories around the world in 30-plus countries. Additionally, we build new compound application machines and rebuild the old ones for this same can making customer base. We have an active base of over 2000 Darex and WR Grace compound application machines installed worldwide. This has helped us to establish ourselves as a premier industrial automation company.
In 2020, we had our most significant growth from a personnel standpoint. While the pandemic was shutting down many sites, Warren Design & Build went on a hiring spree and hired as much talent as we could find, increasing our headcount from 17 to 28 employees. During this period, we not only grew significantly in personnel but in sales and the growth has not stopped.
Committing ourselves as a premiere industrial automation company, we expanded into the Pittsburgh market and acquired A.J. Drgon Associates, Inc. in McKees Rocks in 2021. This small machine shop added 5 experienced machinists and a footprint in the Pittsburgh market. A.J. Drgon serviced a wide range of industries in Pittsburgh. One of the most interesting products we produce services the airline industry in the form of a bearing tester for airplanes. The product line is called ProofMaster. This active line is sold all over the world in 50+ countries and is the standard for all major airlines and also the US Air Force in testing bearings on airplanes.
In 2022, we continued to expand in Pittsburgh and purchased Zia-Tech Gear Manufacturing, located on North Charles Street in Pittsburgh's Northside. This prominent gear manufacturer has been in business for over 30 years and continues to service all types of heavy industries making custom gears up to 72 inches in diameter.
Warren Design & Build is here for all jobs big and small. We service the food packaging industry through the manufacture of compound application lining units (formerly WR Grace, Darex, Henkel). We also supply all the replacement parts for these compound application lining machines throughout the world.
We offer a complete range of design and emergency repair for all parts of OEM machines. We would love to help you through your next emergency. When your OEM supplier says it will take 16 weeks to get a part to you, please give us a call. Your production lines should not be down this long. We will make sure they are up and running as quickly as possible. This is why we are becoming a premiere industrial automation company in the USA.