April, 2015 - Land Purchase.
TFCO currently operates out of five different buildings with over 31,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space. Although we plan to combine our spaces in the future, we make our current set-up work for us. Because of our desire to move all operations into one building or to a central area, TFCO has purchased a 1.4 acre parcel of wooded land adjacent to two of our existing buildings. This purchase brings the land area owned to a total of almost six acres of land. This land is located inside the city limits of La Porte, Indiana. Work clearing this land for future us has already begun.
January, 2015 - Flat Bed Printer
Several of our customers have expressed an interest in printing their private identification on our PTFE Sheet product. This product, PTFE sheet, is unique to TFCO's printing abilities because it is very large when compared to the other items that we private label print. TFCO purchased a flatbed printer capable of printing on PTFE sheets as large as 5’ x 10’. This fully graphic printer can U/V print almost any design or information directly onto PTFE sheet.
September, 2014 - Thermo-Forming Vacuum machine.
In our continuing effort to expand our capabilities, TFCO purchased a thermo-forming machine. This machine, although small in size, possesses the capability of producing a wide range of thermo-formed plastic parts. This machine, when coupled with our new CNC router, provides us with a considerable range of capabilities.
March, 2014 - Electronic Winder Conversion
Although our traverse winding machine for PTFE Specialty tape was still in excellent condition, it was a manual machine. This prevented us from doing some of the more sophisticated winds required by some customers. This upgrade required sending our winder back to the manufacturer to have it converted to a completely electronic winder. This conversion allowed us to have complete control over every winding head which permits incremental offsets and step packs.
May, 2013 - Production Label Printer
As with many manufacturing companies, TFCO relied on outside vendors to provide labels for our products. The spool label vendor that we purchase from is one of the best in the industry. Their workmanship, quality and lead times are excellent; however, we require literally thousands of labels in different colors, shapes and sizes. Because of this necessity as well as our in-house ability to print directly onto the product, we realized the need to vertically integrate. TFCO then purchased a production printer allowing us to manufacture the majority of spool labels in-house. This purchase, when coupled with our ability to design custom spool labels for our products and private labels for our customers, has provided TFCO with an opportunity to better control costs and shorten lead times. This upgrade project was so successful that we decided to purchase a different type of printer which is capable of producing vivid color labels to satisfy the majority of our square and rectangle “box” label requirements. Created designs can be sent directly to this printer making these labels instantly available in any desired quantity.
September, 2012 - Addition of Manufacturing Space
TFCO, Inc. announced the addition of 6,000 square feet in manufacturing and office space, thus we increased our total manufacturing and warehouse space to 31,000 sq. ft. As the largest manufacturer of PTFE thread sealant tape in the United States, this addition enabled us to expand production of our thread sealant tape product line, as well as to increase productivity in our other product lines. We thank all of our customers for their continued business which made this expansion possible.
August, 2012 - Pallet Stretch Wrapper.
As TFCO continued to gain market share, the need to prepare skids of material for shipment increased to a point where our existing equipment needed revamping. To accommodate this need, we purchased and installed an automatic pallet stretch wrap machine. This machine is capable of reducing labor and increasing the quality of wrap thus providing our customers with not only the best product, but also a securely wrapped skid. This process ensures that the shipment of our product arrives safely at our customer’s destination.
February, 2012 - Pad Printer
For some time, TFCO has offered direct spool printing thus eliminating the need to apply printed labels directly to each thread sealant spool. Existing equipment was generally able to keep up with the demand because most of our customers still prefer the have a label applied directly to the top of the spool; however, ever increasing demand for printed spools placed a burden on existing equipment. To enhance our ability to produce printed spools, TFCO announced the purchase and installation of a new, high speed pad printing machine complete with a redesign of our existing printing production line. This new equipment doubled our production capabilities.
February, 2012 - Third Production Slitter/Winder
To relieve the pressure on our existing thread sealant slitter/winder machines, we have purchased a third slitting/winding machine. This machine purchase also included all the related equipment required to set up a complete third production line. Adding this machine reduced overtime and allowed for faster customer deliveries.
October, 2011 - Dry Offset Printer
For some time, TFCO has offered around the shell printing options to our customers. This was accomplished by our semi-automatic screen printer. To meet increased demand and to lower cost TFCO purchased a dry offset printer. This printer was custom built to produce a three color print around our thread sealant spools at production speeds. This allows us to exceed demand and lower our per piece cost. In addition, this machine utilizes a U/V drying process and U/V inks which also lower our environmental footprint.
March, 2011 -Purchase of Second Thread Sealant Slitter winder.
To relieve the pressure on our existing thread sealant slitter/winder TFCO purchased a second slitting/winding machine. This machine purchase also included all the related equipment required to set up a complete second production line. Adding this machine reduced overtime and allows for faster customer deliveries.
February, 2011 - Spools and Shell Molds.
February marked the beginning of an upgrade project which reduced costs and increased the quality of vendor supplied thread sealant spools and shells. TFCO was in the process of purchasing all the molds necessary for all of the sizes of spools and shells that we utilize. When completed, these molds were issued to a local injection molding company capable of producing product at the production and quality level we require.
December, 2010 - Industrial Robots
As our production requirements increased, so did the need to continue to automate wherever possible. In December, TFCO purchased Uni-mate 6 axis industrial robots. These robots, along with other robots, were put to work on our production floor.
October, 2010 - Ultraviolet Drying System.
TFCO like many companies who print products do so with conventional Inks. As our in-house printing requirements grows – the need for faster drying techniques as well as a smaller Environmental footprint increase – Ultraviolet Drying, using ultraviolet inks has become a reality. TFCO has purchased and installed two U/V drying systems which reduce drying times and lower our impact on the environment.
September, 2010 - Custom Build 2nd PTFE Extruder.
To successfully grow our abilities to product PTFE Film, TFCO realized our existing PTFE extruding equipment would not be able to handle the volume of product required or be able to produce that volume in a wide enough format to be cost effective. A complete 2nd extruder line was custom built to our specifications. The completed and installed production line has exceeded our expectations.
April, 2010 - Traverse pack Slitter Winder.
The second machine for entry to the PTFE “Specialty” tape market has now been purchased. This machine is equipped with 12 Manual Traverse winding heads and is linked with a custom built slitter unit capable of slitting PTFE down to 1/8” wide. Early tests of this equipment indicate a successful marriage between these two critical pieces of equipment.
March, 2010 - Aztech Slitter Winder
We are pleased to announce the purchase of a Aztech Slitter Winder. This is the first machine with several more to come to assist our efforts to enter the PTFE “Specialty” tape market. The machine comes well equipped to handle a wide range of slitting winding applications.
September, 2009 - Expanded PTFE Gasket Tape
TFCO, Inc is pleased to announce the introduction of Expanded PTFE Gasket Tape to our line of PTFE products. As with many of our other products, our Gasket Tape is "Manufactured in the USA" at our facility in La Porte, IN. Our tape will initially be available in thicknesses up to 0.040" for widths to 8", up to 1/16" thick for widths to 2", and up to 1/8" thick for widths to 1".
June, 2009 - Addition of Manufacturing and Office Space
TFCO, Inc is pleased to announce the purchase of an additional 9,000 square feet in manufacturing and office space. This increases our manufacturing and warehouse space to 25,000 sq ft and our total land to 5-acres. This purchase enables us to continue increasing production of our current product lines, equips us to aggressively pursue new products, and allows for future expansion.
August, 2007 - PTFE Thread Sealant Tape
TFCO, Inc is pleased to announce the introduction of PTFE Thread Sealant Tape to our line of PTFE products. As with many of our other products, our Thread Sealant Tape is "Manufactured in the USA" at our facility in La Porte, IN. We will offer the highest quality tapes in the market in 3 grades - standard, high density and premium density.
March, 2006 - New Facility
We are proud to announce that we are expanding to a new facility. Our new location is on the north side of La Porte, IN, just a short distance from our old facility.Effective 4/1/06, our new address and contact numbers below.
- TFCO, Inc
- 2444 North State Road 39
- La Porte, IN 46350
- Phone: 219-324-4166
- Fax: 219-324-4866