In early 1995 Ken Dahm left his sales job with 30 years’ experience, a small list of customers, and a desire to carve out his own path in precision sheet metal fabrication. For a short time, he took on light assembly projects in his garage and brokered out larger projects to other sheet metal shops to keep his customers happy while he made his plans for the future.
During May of that year he received a phone call from a friend that a local sheet metal company had fallen on hard times and could be bought for pennies on the dollar. Seeing his opportunity present itself, Ken put everything on the line and purchased that business – a 7,000 square foot space in Bensenville, IL with a few pieces of worn out machinery and a small office – and Ultratech was born. For a few weeks he began running parts by himself to get the company off the ground, and by year’s end Ultratech was a small crew of five employees.
1998 produced significant growth, and Ultratech eventually acquired the unit next-door to knock out the wall, which doubled the space to 14,000 square feet. Around this time the company started to acquire more modern machinery, hire on more experienced team members, and expand its customer base.
Thanks to the hard work of that small crew, Ultratech continued to grow beyond the capacity of the original facility in Bensenville. In 2001, Ken found a new home for Ultratech in a modern, 43,000 square foot facility in Bloomingdale, IL where the company still resides today. Since then the company has also acquired 20,000 square feet of warehouse space in Carol Stream, IL for assembly projects and storage.
In the spring of 2019 Ultratech will be breaking ground on a 38,000 square foot addition to its Bloomingdale facility. This will allow the company to add powder coating, silk screening, and CNC machining capability in-house as it continues to vertically integrate its processes.
23 years later Ultratech still maintains the same ambition Ken started with of providing customers with a reliable, competitively priced precision sheet metal fabrication service. It is continually expanding its workforce, adding more advanced equipment, and developing new systems to better serve customers, while at the same time maintaining its family-owned roots.
Ultratech, Inc. is a full-service, prototype to production volume precision sheet metal fabricator providing customers with turnkey sheet metal brackets, chassis, enclosures, racks, and more. This is accomplished through soft-tool manufacturing utilizing CNC laser cutters, turret punch presses, and press brakes. Additionally, we offer engineering, welding, spot welding, PEM hardware insertion, polishing, mechanical assembly, and kitting services. For processes that we cannot currently complete in-house, such as powder coating, silk screening, and plating, we have a trusted network of subcontractors that we work with to create quality products. We are always happy to provide value-added services to help our customers optimize their processes.
Many of our manufacturing team members have been in the industry for over 20 years and with Ultratech for at least 10. Having an experienced workforce has allowed Ultratech to maintain a high standard of quality and enabled us to consistently find new efficiencies in the fabrication process. Ultratech is always willing to meet with customers and offer design feedback, specifically in making a component as simple to fabricate as possible in the interest of keeping costs down and increasing manufacturing efficiency. Everyone at Ultratech is fully committed to on-time delivery and customer satisfaction. We work to exceed the expectations of the customer in everything we do.