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Hockmeyer Equipment Expanding Elizabeth City Location

This additional space will allow Hockmeyer to grow its product line and create local jobs.

By Livability on March 23, 2023

Herman Hockmeyer
Courtesy of Hockmeyer Equipment Corp.

Innovation reigns at Hockmeyer Equipment Corp. Since its inception in the mid-1930s, this Elizabeth City, North Carolina-based industrial equipment supplier has prioritized finding new ways to take its business and products to the next level.

For example, while the company began as a welding and repair shop, it eventually turned to developing machines for mixing paint. Years later, it’s now an expert in particle reduction and has ventured into industries such as printing inks, agriculture, cosmetics, food and more.

Its more recent advancements are largely due to its research and development team, which constantly works with new and current clients to address their specific needs.

“We aren’t a very big company, so we can take our resources and get a very good understanding of what it is they’re trying to accomplish,” says Mike Villardi, the company’s vice president general manager. “We don’t have a catalog where you pick out your machine and say this is the one I need. We customize it because your materials are different and the applications that you’re faced with are different.”

To better aid more clients, the company is working to expand its operations by adding 38,000 square feet to the facility in Elizabeth City. The addition will include electrical and fabrication shops. This additional space will allow Hockmeyer to grow its product line and create local jobs.

“We’re hoping that with this expansion, we can start bringing in work that we are currently outsourcing and bring it back here to our local community,” Villardi explains.

Hockmeyer works with area educational institutions to recruit and train local talent to fill positions at the company.

“We want to keep the people of Elizabeth City here in Elizabeth City,” Villardi says. “Right now, for half of our employees, this is their first real job out of school, whether they started 38 years ago or 38 weeks ago.

“Of our 70 employees, 15% have been here for the 40 years that Hockmeyer has been in North Carolina,” he adds. “It’s an exciting time for all of us.”

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