To start the new year off with news of Melton Machine & Control Company’s expansion plans is as good as it gets for the area economy. The company has been in Washington since 1975, moving here from St. Louis, and locating in the beginning on the southwest corner of West Main and Westlink Drive, in the John Feltmann Industrial Park.

Over the years the company expanded to a location on Bluff Road, where it is now. Expansion came slowly at first but through hard work and with quality workmanship, it has become a leader in its field, which is designing and producing automated equipment for manufacturing companies. A mainstay has been automatic arc welding equipment.

Melton has outgrown its present 44,000-square-foot facility and is in the final stages of purchasing a 41.2-acre tract in the Heidmann Industrial Park in west Washington, on the south side of Highway 100, from the Washington 353 Redevelopment Corporation. The site is the largest tract ever to be acquired by a company for an industrial facility in Washington. Melton plans to double its size “and provide a path for future growth,” according to Stacy Lindsey, company CEO. 

The purchase price for the land is $618,000. All city utilities are at the site, which is across Highway 100 from Computech Manufacturing Company, which is a subsidiary of Melton. Together the two companies employ 176 people. Melton is an employee-owned company.

The investment being made by Melton here is a tribute to the caliber of workers in this area, and to the city of Washington’s efforts to assist local industries in their expansion plans. Most of the industrial development in recent years in this area has been by existing companies.

Melton Machine & Control Company was founded by the late Vernon L. Melton in 1970. The company today reflects its founder’s zeal for perfection in the equipment it designs and builds for other manufacturers. Mr. Melton was dedicated to quality, giving a high value to the company’s equipment. The company was small when it moved here. Its growth has been continuous. Washington’s industrial leaders were impressed by Mr. Melton’s intense dedication to succeed, and his hard work, which is the hallmark of the company.

We join many others in wishing Melton continued success and are grateful to the company for the decision to expand here. That decision speaks well of the entire community and what is offered here to workers and their families.

Melton has been the top donor in the Franklin County Area United Way Campaign for the past several years.