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April 15, 2014

Fairview built and shipped to Australia

FAIRVIEW, Okla. — A product designed and built in Fairview is in use in Australia.

The new product, a machine to weld together joints of high density polyethylene pipe ranging in diameter from 20 to 36 inches, was christened last year at Powermax Equipment, in Fairview.

The product will be called the Fast Fusion MobileFusion Trac 36.

In August 2012, Powermax Equipment signed an agreement with Fast Fusion to build the first unit.

Fast Fusion, a company located in Palisade, Colo., has a manufacturing company in Iowa producing the Model MFT12 and MFT20 machine, which welds up to 12- to 20-inch pipe. Both models were designed by Davis Precision Design, of Fairview, approximately 10 years ago.   

When Fast Fusion owner Dick McKinley decided to design a larger version of the MFT20 to weld pipe up to 36 inches in diameter with a 3-inch wall thickness, Davis Precision Design was contacted to move the project along.

Davis Precision Design, owned by Jess Davis, contacted Powermax Equipment about building a prototype unit and sent blueprints for manufactured and purchased parts.

Powermax Equipment was tasked with ordering steel to make parts in-house or to have local manufacturers build parts.

Parts primarily were built by three local companies: Bramco Inc., Martens Machine Shop and Central Plasma Services/Leviathan, according to a press release from Powermax Equipment. Other parts for the project were purchased from other local suppliers.

Powermax Equipment, owned by Kent Schlotthauer, Lonnie Bartel and Jay Bartel, completed the first three product units and shipped them to Australia.

Lonnie Bartel said Powermax Equipment builds prototypes and the production of the product was passed on to a larger facility for mass production.

“It was a very good contract for us for the time being,” Bartel said. “I think it ended up lasting about a year and a half that it took us to build those three units, the first three.”

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