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Local business, open since 60's, doing better than ever

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By: Brittany Paris


Across from a cornfield in York, sits Klute, a steel fabricating business.

"The company was started in 1961 by my folks, Don and Denise Klute, as a welding and repair shop," Steve Klute, Owner, said.

The original building in Bradshaw was 30 by 40 feet.

But what started as a humble mom and pop shop, has now turned into a company able to compete in the national steel supplying market.

Over the decades, Klute has expanded and added services, like fabricating steel tubes.

It moved into its current 135,000 square foot facility in York in 2008.

"After we bought this building, we decided it was big enough to expand," Steve said.

They brought 10 employees with them and now nearly 50 people work at the company.

Barry Heibner and Clarence Brahmsteadt have been machine operators for seven years.

"It's nice watching it grow, knowing that it's basically a local company," Brahmsteadt said.

They say they can get more done in the new building with the modern equipment that Klute's invested several million dollars into.

"We found ways to do stuff quicker too. That makes our job easier," Heibner said.

Business is booming and Klute is busier than ever.

"It means a lot I think to the local community for the creation of jobs for businesses in and around the York area," Frank Cifani, National Sales Manager, said.

What's their secret to success?

They chalk it up to hard workers.

“We have a lot of great employees. We're very grateful,” Kimm Klute, owner, said.

“The people we have working for us are great people. The come in, do their job and they're the reason this has happened like it has,” Steve said.

Klute's production capacity is full through December and is already filling production slots for 2015. They say they plan on growing quite a bit more in the coming years.

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