Founded and proudly manufacturing in the United States since 1972.
1972 - Founded
Tempco Electric Heater Corporation was founded in August 1972 by Fermin Adames, Sr.
Established in Schiller Park, Illinois, Tempco began with three employees who manufactured and processed orders in a space of approximately 1500 square feet.
The first catalog totaled 24 pages with product details for three products – low-density cartridge heaters, hi-density cartridge heaters and mica-insulated band heaters.
1973 - Initial Growth
In 1973, Tempco moved to a larger facility in Franklin Park, Illinois.
We also expanded our product lines and published the catalog with an additional ten pages of product information.
1975 - Growing for Industry
Between 1975 and 1980, Tempco published three new catalogs and attended our first National Plastics Exposition Trade Show that is held every three years.
Additionally, we moved back to Schiller Park into a larger facility. With the additional space, Fermin was able to look to the future and plan for the expansion of Tempco's manufacturing capabilities.
1981 - Tempco Mexico is Established
Fermin Sr. established Tempco Mexico in Mexico City in November 1981.
Today, Tempco Mexico carries all of the products that we manufacture: electric heating elements, temperature sensors and temperature control products.
1983 - Tubular Heaters in Production
In 1983, Tempco purchased two 18-station filling machines, one 8-station rolling mill, one 12-station rolling mill and a coil welding machine and began producing Tubular Heaters in-house.
Also, the foundry established the sand operation to manufacture cast-in heaters with sand molds.
Our first annealing furnace was purchased the following year.
1987 - Groundbreaking
Fermin Sr. worked diligently to purchase property in Wood Dale, Illinois, and to have it zoned for manufacturing. In 1987, ground was broken to build our current world headquarters consisting of 130,000 square feet at 607 North Central Avenue.
Today it houses most of our product lines as well as 80% of our office staff.
The following year, Tempco expanded our product lines to a 292-page catalog.
1988 - Tempco purchases Thermel
Tempco purchased another heater company, Thermel, and began manufacturing Ceramic E-mitters® at that facility.
Ceramic Infrared Heaters are durable and long-lasting heaters with options that include Curved- or Flat-face, solid or insulated, metamorphing color (to indicate heater is in operation) and multiple industry standard sizes.
1989 - Entrepreneur of the Year
Fermin Adames, Sr. was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young (Arthur Young & Company at the time), a distinguished Chicago accounting firm.
"Fermin Adames, president of Tempco Electric Heater Corp. of Wood Dale, won the Big Eight accounting firm's "minority entrepreneur" of the year award."
1997 - 25 Years and more
To celebrate 25 years in business, Tempco held a party at the Field Museum in Chicago.
The first modern version of the "Visionary Solutions Catalog" was published, expanding our product lines to 672 pages.
In 1998 a second manufacturing facility and office of approximately 44,000 square feet was built across the street from the current building. Plant II was designed to house the Ceramic Infrared department and Temperature Sensors that require temperature and humidity control.
2001 - Motor Housing Patent
Tempco applied for and was granted a patent for our Cast Aluminum Motor Housing and Base with Integral Liquid Cool Capabilities.
It is used for medium to large horsepower electric motors in industrial applications.
2004 - Silicone Rubber Heaters
Space in Plant II was utilized to establish the Silicone Rubber Heater department in-house.
The versality of these flexible heaters has made them one our most popular product lines across multiple industries for countless applications including freeze protection, 3D printer components, image processing, medical and scientific equipment components and food warming equipment.
2005 - Catalog & Machinery
In 2005, our product lines expanded to an 864-page catalog.
In 2006, Tempco purchased our first Waterjet. Initially used to cut silicone rubber foam material, Tempco explored other uses for it and began cutting custom sheet metal and plate parts as well as ceramic wool insulation, rubber gaskets and control panels.
2009 - ISO:9001
Tempco received ISO 9001:2008 certification - a quality management system and standard that is trusted by companies worldwide. This effort included officially documenting manufacturing procedures, recording employee job descriptions and establishing documentation protocol. Today, we remain current with ISO 9001:2015 certification.
For Christmas the production managers gave a stone statue of an American Bald Eagle to Fermin Sr. The Eagle represents courage and strength - characteristics Fermin exemplified in his life.
2011 - Blizzard
The Groundhog's Day blizzard that hit Chicagoland in 2011 temporarily shut down Tempco for two days. Over a span of three days, upwards of 20 inches of snow fell and visibility was low. Along with high winds, there was thunder and lightning.
Snow had to be cleared away from the building because of how high it had drifted during the storm. Employees worked together diligently to make sure the building was safe to re-open.
2012 - 40 Year Celebration
In January 2012, Tempco's founder, Fermin Adames, Sr., passed away suddenly.
As Fermin Alan, his son, stepped into the role of company president, Tempco celebrated 40 years in business.
With Fermin's leadership we continued moving forward, starting with attendance at the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) in Orlando, Florida - the first time the trade show had been held anywhere but McCormick Place in Chicago since 1971.
2013 – 40th Edition Catalog
We published a 40th anniversary edition of the "Visionary Solutions Catalog", expanding our product lines to 960 pages.
This is the most comprehensive catalog Tempco has published with over 100 distinct product lines. It includes additional product specifications, the latest product options and an extensive collection of custom product examples.
2018 – Website & Blog Launch
In January 2018, Tempco launched a new website to serve our customers better. It features a simpler navigation, a site-wide search function, request for quote forms and product specifications straight out of the catalog.
Our Blog was launched the following year. We are excited to bring you stories about Tempco, product technical data and case studies demonstrating our real-world industrial application solutions.
2020 - The Pandemic
When the world shut down in the early spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tempco stayed open and fully operational to fulfill the needs of the essential industries that we serve. We manufacture products used for medical devices, medical supplies, food service, transportation, additive manufacturing and energy.
Despite the many challenges of the pandemic, Tempco employees worked together to raise money to support the local Bensenville and Wood Dale Food Pantry.
2022 - 50 Years!!!
We proudly celebrated 50 years in business with over 500 employees in attendance.
We experienced a record growth of nearly 30% year-over-year (YOY) in 2022. Our business strategy of domestic production, veritcal integration and using local suppliers has continued to sustain us during a challenging year. We have continued to invest in our people, our processes and our machinery with an eye towards the future and continued service to industry.
Tempco was founded to manufacture electric heating elements for a wide range of industrial, commercial, scientific and medical applications. Mr. Adames’ leadership, ingenuity, dedication to hard work and focus on high-quality products and service have led Tempco to become one of the best electric heating element manufacturers in the world.
During the Company’s early years, Mr. Adames made a commitment to an ongoing program for the research and development of new and improved products. This foresight has contributed to the broadening of our product lines on a regular basis. As a result, Tempco has consistently met the needs of the diversified industries in which various types of heating elements are used.
Today we manufacture approximately thirty different types of electric heating elements and temperature sensors with hundreds of design variations. Some of our products were original developments in the industry for which Tempco holds patents. Many of our manufactured products are UL certified and CSA recognized. In addition to meeting our own rigorous quality standards, Tempco is an ISO:9001 certified company.
Over the years Tempco's growth has necessitated moves to larger facilities several times. Today we occupy our second and third custom-built offices and manufacturing facilities located in Wood Dale, Illinois. Our labor force consists of approximately 500 employees, and our annual sales are in the millions.
Tempco is proud to produce American made and manufactured products. Our products are sold both nationally and internationally through a network of sales representatives and distributors and through our own distribution center located in Mexico City, Mexico. We serve original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users alike. Our customers can be found in many industries such as plastics, rubber, packaging, medical, transportation, additive manufacturing, energy, and food service industries. We also service numerous industries where our products are used for heat processing.
In Memory of Our Founder – Fermin Adames Sr.
Fermin was a man of many talents. He was an entrepreneur, engineer and mentor who spent a part of each day visiting every department at Tempco. But to really know who Fermin was and what was in his heart, one need to look no further than the three paintings he commissioned.
After the terrorist attacks on the United States that took place on September 11, 2001, he commissioned the first painting titled This Land is Your Land. In this painting, one or more landmarks from each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia are depicted. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are ghosted near the top in front of the American Flag.
The second painting, Nativity, depicts a Christmas scene in the small town of Nativity. Inspired by the desire to reduce the political correctness that has prompted many to replace the word 'Christmas' with 'Holiday' in recent years, Fermin commissioned this painting in 2005. He believed that people of every religion should be able to celebrate their important days without others changing their meaning.
The third painting, Defenders of Our Freedom, was commissioned to honor the men, women and animals (dogs and horses) who have served in the armed forces, winning and preserving our freedoms. Fermin was a veteran, and he felt a special respect for those who put everything on the line, including their lives, for all of us.
This Land Is Your Land
The first painting, This Land Is Your Land, became the back cover of our Visionary Solutions catalog from 2005 to 2011.
Nativity became the cover of the Tempco Christmas Card for both 2006 and 2016.
Defending Our Freedom
The final painting, Defenders of Our Freedom, is on the back cover of our most recent catalog, the 40th Anniversary Edition.