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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Karl Hellberg always had the entrepreneurial spirit. He knew very early in life that he wanted to be a business owner. He went to work right out of high school to develop work skills and gain awareness of what profession he had aptitude and desire to pursue. Ten years later he went to college and finalized his preparation to start his own company.
Tek Tool & Plastics in Logan is the result of Karl's preparation and desire. In 1989 Karl started his venture in a one-car garage. He did a little expansion as business started to grow, maybe 2500 square feet of space. Well, 13 years later Karl and I walked through his expansive, 62,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
The Wasatch Venture Group has honored the company in their prestigious list of 100 fastest growing Utah companies. Tek Tool was ranked 6th in 1998 and 26th in 1999.
Tek Tool & Plastics is the only tooling, molding, extrusion and engineering plant under one roof in the Rocky Mountains. There may be similar operations in Denver or California but Karl doesn't think so.
Tool making is the basis of the company. It is what makes the company a "turn key" facility. Of course, "turn key" is the ability to conceptualize, engineer, tool and produce a final product at one location. With the integration between all departments, Tek Tool ensures a high quality product. Karl has invested a great deal to create a state-of-the art machine shop, which has proven invaluable for consistent quality assurance.
I saw several samples of the products produced by this great Cache Valley company. The machines producing the commodities were awesome to watch as they moved from raw materials to the fine, technical finished products.
It was exciting to see this great example of what desire, persistence and planning can produce. Karl had a desire to own his own company and he owns a great one!
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.