Effective January 1, 2017, Haas Metal Engineering (HME, Inc.), of Topeka, KS, acquired ownership of Topeka Foundry & Iron Works, located in downtown Topeka. The acquisition allows HME, Inc. & Topeka Foundry to provide a broader range of services to its customers and the construction industry.
Topeka Foundry & Iron Works (TFI) was founded in 1876, making it one of the 6th oldest businesses in Topeka. The company endured through WWI and the Great Depression, then after WWII it focused on miscellaneous steel fabrication and small machine shop services. TFI created a Specialty department in the 1960s that focused on steel doors, frames and finish hardware products.
Over the decades TFI frequently outgrew their production facilities. They acquired neighboring buildings to house their newer and larger turning and milling equipment purchases. This constant upgrading of equipment has allowed them to produce parts that range in size from an inch in diameter to dozens of feet long and up to 75 tons.
HME, Inc. & TFI plan to collaborate on their steel fabrication processes, seeking enhanced production between the two facilities. HME, Inc. will collaborate with customers seeking solutions in the industrial market utilizing TFI’s machining capabilities, which are unmatched in the region. The metal door & hardware division of TFI will continue to grow as the duo stretch their market presence.
TFI will take a major step by seeking ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) & ISO 9001 certifications in the near future. These certifications would allow for additional market opportunities in the industrial sector. TFI will continue to do business under the name Topeka Foundry & Ironworks and seek to expand their customer base.
"We believe the acquisition will magnify the strengths of both companies, allowing us to better achieve success together, than what we can do apart," says Jon Haas, owner of HME, Inc.
HME continues to find innovative ways to meet the needs of the construction industry and its customers. In 2013, HME developed Peak to Peak Engineered Railings, which manufactures aluminum rails and ladders. At the request of its clients, it is beginning to offer sectional ladders that can be ordered by the section and mechanically assembled onsite. HME also added erection to its list of services in 2014. The erection business has been enhanced by the addition of an erection training facility in 2016. HME trains new ironworkers by erecting and dismantling this facility multiple times per year. In 2015, HME teamed up with Butler Manufacturing as a Butler Builder. HME is able to supply and erect Butler pre-engineered metal buildings as standalone projects, or as a portion of a structural steel contract.