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216 Main St | Pecatonica, IL 61063-9195 | www.anpecindustries.com

The same quality work and relationship-building that propelled Anpec ­Industries Inc. out of the 2008 U.S. ­market collapse into the highest sales of the company’s history is what earned them the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Manufacturer of the Year award for 2016. “We saw the companies that do exactly what we do go out of business and we were able to pick up customers and grow,” recalls Doug Allen, co-owner of the 26,000-square-foot CNC machining and manufacturing facility with 45 employees.

Anpec’s humble beginnings date back to the 1940s when George ­Anderson combined his name with Pecatonica’s to start his 5,000-square-foot one-man general machine shop. He sold out to three brother-in-laws in 1968. In 1993, they recruited Allen to take over. A year later, Anpec’s co-owner Brad Wagner, a former service rep for Mazak Corp. in Schaumburg, was brought in.

Today featuring 25 pieces of Mazak CNC equipment, including multiple axis lathes and vertical and horizontal multi-pallet machining centers, Anpec caters to industries such as heavy equipment, agriculture, energy, food and beverage, recreational, automotive, medical, military and aerospace.

“Our forte is we machine forgings to customer specifications,” says Allen. “We partner with a number of forging companies in the area and do all of their finish machining. They may go on to another company in Rockford to get welded and powder-coated. It’s kind of a team effort.”

Anpec prides itself not only on its innovativeness but “doing what we say we’re going to do, delivering a quality product on time,” says Allen. “Having two shifts gives us the capacity and hours available to meet quick deadlines. Our quality system is a huge part of how we sell ourselves. Large companies come in and say, we don’t even have a quality system like this!’ If they come through our doors, it sells them.”