October 5, 2018 – Lee’s Summit, Mo – In honor of National Manufacturing Day (#MFGDay) we’d like to put a spotlight on one of Lee’s Summit’s very own, Symtech Corporation. Symtech was founded in 1994 and is North America’s leading manufacturer of automotive headlamp alignment systems. They also manufacture a full suite of automotive and heavy-duty fluid exchange equipment, patented headlamp restoration products and shop safety products to customers around the world.
In 2017, Symtech acquired a primary competitor in the regulated automotive vehicle inspection market allowing them to expand their employee count to 15. They are in the early stages of a steady, long-term growth strategy through organic sales development, new product development, acquisitions and diversification. “With the recent acquisition and new hires, we are near maximum capacity in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility,” said President Jason Kessler. “We are currently completing plans for an addition and updated facade that would add almost 50% more production square footage.” Kessler, a current resident and native of Lee’s Summit, feels a sense of pride for his growing community. “Growing up here and being a current resident, I have every intention to continue to expand within our current location in Lee’s Summit.”
Symtech is currently working with one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world to develop a new camera-based digital alignment system to be used with vehicle forward lighting systems. This new safety equipment is designed to work with vehicle technology already approved throughout the European Union, and hopefully soon in the United States. Successful completion of this partnership would keep them at the forefront of the market and put their equipment in hundreds of new car dealership service departments for years to come.
In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, we asked Jason to give us a common misconception about the manufacturing industry. “Manufacturing is often considered to be a dirty workplace and a repetitive work process,” Kessler said. “At Symtech Corporation, we are regularly complimented by our suppliers and visitors about the cleanliness of our production areas. At any small manufacturing business, every day is an adventure and rarely the next day is the same as the last.”