Family-owned Vanamatic makes vehicle parts


8-10 p.m.

By Amy Eddings - aeddings@civitasmedia.com



Blake Williams, 24, inspects long bolts coming off of an automatic screw machine at Vanamatic in Delphos.

Blake Williams, 24, inspects long bolts coming off of an automatic screw machine at Vanamatic in Delphos.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

Vanamatic employee Blake Williams, 24, cleans metal filings from an automatic screw machine during the second shift at Vanamatic in Delphos.

Vanamatic employee Blake Williams, 24, cleans metal filings from an automatic screw machine during the second shift at Vanamatic in Delphos.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

DELPHOS —Vanamatic’s night shift usually encompases just eight to 10 of its 77 employees. Even so, the air in the 80,000-square foot factory was awash with the hiss of pistons and the buzz of metal grinding metal.

The noise came from hulking, Army-green colored automatic screw machines, which swallow long rods of steel and spit out nuts, bolts, screws and couplings. Vanamatic turns out 15 million of these components a year for use in automobiles, airplanes and tractors.

“If you’ve ever had to change an oil filter, chances are you touched a Vanamatic part,” said plant manager Adam Wiltsie. He’s one of seven Wiltsies who work at the company, which was founded by Adam’s grandfather in 1954.

It’s fitting that a company that makes components that are typically tucked under a car hood or tractor panel, is, itself, supported by unseen processes. Like the 14,000 gallons of oil that continuously flows through the plant, lubricating and cooling the automatic screw machines. Or the pits and conveyors that capture 100,000 pounds of metal filings and chips each week.

They’re out of sight, like a Vanamatic part, hidden underneath the factory floor.

What’s not hidden is University of Michigan pride. The floor is painted Wolverine blue and maize.

“My grandfather’s from Jackson, Michigan,” Wiltsie explained. “You see a lot of Michigan around here.”

Blake Williams, 24, inspects long bolts coming off of an automatic screw machine at Vanamatic in Delphos.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_spirit_vanamatic_blake_williams.jpgBlake Williams, 24, inspects long bolts coming off of an automatic screw machine at Vanamatic in Delphos. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
Vanamatic employee Blake Williams, 24, cleans metal filings from an automatic screw machine during the second shift at Vanamatic in Delphos.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_spirit_vanamatic_blake_williams_2.jpgVanamatic employee Blake Williams, 24, cleans metal filings from an automatic screw machine during the second shift at Vanamatic in Delphos. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
8-10 p.m.

By Amy Eddings

aeddings@civitasmedia.com

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-242-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-242-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

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