SBA Helps Technical Die-Casting Build on Success in Southeast Minnesota

Bernie and Chantelle Merchlewitz, Technical Die-Casting

Technical Die-Casting, Inc. (TD) is a small business providing parts for some big names, such as Polaris, Articat, Regal Beloit, Tolomatic, Graco and Shur-Co just to name a few. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped it grow to employ 86 people in southeast Minnesota and remain a strong locally-owned  and operated firm for 41 years.

In 1975, Richard Green established the machining company in Homer, Minn., with three small hot chambered zinc machines producing and selling window hardware. Because TD earned a reputation for customer satisfaction it quickly grew and by 1981 acquired 12 acres in Stockton, Minn., to construct a 7,660-square-foot building. Additional production machines were purchased and soon the original building was expanded to accommodate even more business growth.

In 1985, the present Chief Executive Officer and President Bernie Merchlewitz joined the company. The building size doubled that year, and another expansion came the following year. Expansion occurred again in 1988 and again in 1989.

In 2000, Merchlewitz purchased 40 percent of the company and Randy Walter, who heads up the marketing department bringing in new work, purchased another 40 percent. Richard Green, the original owner retained a 20 percent share and is active on TD’s board of directors. His experience and knowledge continue to help them accomplish their long term goals.

In 2009, with a SBA 7(a) loan, TD purchased a remelt furnace, which allowed it to save about 10,000 gallons of propane per month. Going green not only helped the company; it helped the planet as well.

Merchlewitz credits the SBA with much more than help raising funds.  “The loans are just a small part of the story. The SBA has helped us connect with other government agencies, such as DEED (the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development), which allowed us to work through many of the challenges that small businesses face.”

TD continues to build on its proven track record of quick die changes, scrap reduction and improved quality through its process controls.  Like many other companies, it struggled during the recession but, with perseverance and hard work of the employees, it has emerged a stronger and better company.

Company Name: 
Technical Die-Casting, Inc.
Location: 
Stockton, MN