Ojibway Enclosure Systems completes move from Janesville to Beloit

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Jim Leute
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

JANESVILLE—A growing Janesville manufacturer of sound-attenuating enclosure systems has completed its move to a new city with a new owner.

Founded in Janesville in 2009, Ojibway Enclosure Systems makes enclosures that protect diesel generators.

Last year, the Stoughton-based Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies bought Ojibway. Universal had just signed a lease for 106,000 square feet of production and office space with an additional 67,000 square feet in reserve at the Ironworks campus in Beloit.

Universal AET decided to move Ojibway from its two small production facilities in Janesville to Beloit, a move recently completed.

The company's Beloit “Center of Excellence” brings engineers, designers, business staff and manufacturing specialists under one roof.

Ron Jake, Universal's marketing manager, said all 21 Ojibway employees made the move to Beloit, and the company recently added five more people.

Ojibway provides generator set packaging services for the standby power generation industry. It also performs laser cutting, welding and forming of metal products.

Universal AET is a global designer and manufacturer of engineered acoustic and emissions solutions for the power generation, gas turbine, oil and gas, rail, engine and emissions and industrial processing markets.

The move makes sense from a logistical and efficiency perspective, company officials said.

It brings Ojibway's two operations together under one roof in a space where larger products can be built and moved by bigger cranes.

New equipment also allows Ojibway and Universal AET to better serve customers.

“The move into our Beloit Center of Excellence makes both the Ojibway division and Universal AET a more efficient organization for our customers, with streamlined access to Universal AET's existing resources and personnel,” said Dick Strojinc, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“We have more capacity and are producing new orders even faster with the highest degree of quality. Future expansion plans and equipment additions are scheduled to increase capacity further.”

In Janesville, Ojibway had an 18,000-square-foot office, fabricating and manufacturing facility at 1200 Touson Drive. It did final assembly in a portion of an 82,500-square-foot building at 3939 Whitney St.

Badertscher Commercial Real Estate is offering the Touson Drive building for sale. The Beloit-based Hendricks Commercial Properties owns the building on Whitney Street.

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