Together MTW Industries and Industrial Cryogenic Engineering (ICE) might just be one of the best kept secrets in the country.
At least that’s what ICE owner Gary Moeggenberg said when asked to describe the partnership between his cryogenic enhancing company and the full service fabrication and manufacturing metal work of MTW.
MTW Industries, owned by Brent Fisher and Dean Gluch, specializes in metal sales, welding, and the building of a wide variety of components. A few examples include structural steel for Great Wolf Lodge resorts to parts for mining and excavating equipment.
ICE is said to be the world leader in the cryogenic enhancement of metal and plastic wear parts and owns the largest, most efficient cryogenic processing vessel known in the world.
The result is a unique blend of metal skills and science.
“You can’t get these two services together in the same building anywhere else,” said Fisher.
Both businesses share a building at 706 W. Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant, but plans are in place to build a new shop in town that would increase the square footage from roughly 6,500 to 23,000.
The companies’ relationship is mutually beneficial, according to Moeggenberg, who described it as a “push-pull” situation where neither is vested financially but both sides have a great deal of respect for each other.
“Between [MTW’s] real-life applications and the metal knowledge on my part, we can make stuff together that would just astound you,” he said.
Back in 2005, MTW was in its infancy as a small farm shop in Shepherd. The company moved to its current facility in 2009 as business increased.
In 2012, Moeggenberg brought in his business with a plan to use cryogenics in a way that was not considered common.
His idea was to extend the life of plastic and metal wear parts by moving the molecules inside to strengthen the structure.
To accomplish this, ICE and MTW teamed up to create a cryogenic vessel capable of causing that kind of molecular reaction. Hence, what could be called the world’s largest freezer was born. It is capable of degrees as low as 329 below.
“If you told what I’d consider a normal cryogenist what I do they’d shake their head and dispute it, but that’s fine because we prove it in the field where it counts,” said Moeggenberg.
Fisher said while many companies may sell similar products, its not the same quality.
“We can make a more superior product,” he said. “We can take something apart that when put back together it will look virtually the same, but it is better and will last three to four years longer.”
Now the two are working on plans for a larger, more advanced version of the one-of-a-kind cooler.
“The next one will be even more efficient,” said Fisher.
For Moeggenberg, the future is about growth and continuing to innovate products and processes every day.
“There are things we’re working on right now that could drastically change the way the world functions,” he said.
“This doesn’t even scratch the surface,” said Fisher.
One of the first steps in the companies’ journey to revolutionize the industry is to expand their businesses beyond the borders of America.
In fact, there is word of a possible deal with the country of Holland, which would further the exportation of American-made products.
“We’re on the brink of doing worldwide business,” said Fisher.
“It’s just getting fun,” said Moeggenberg.