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BAPI to expand in Gays Mills
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BUILDING AUTOMATION PRODUCTS INC. held a groundbreaking on Friday, June 3 for their expansion. Present for the event were, from left, Jim Showen of Showen Construction and Excavating, who is doing the excavating work; Dave Roessler of Roessler & Sons Construction, the General Contractor; Gays Mills Village President Harry Heisz; BAPIs Vickie and Ritch Stevenson; Brad Niemcek of the Gays Mills Economic Development Association; Jenny Kuderer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; and Marc McMerty of Johnson Bank.

Building Automation Products, Inc. recently announced plans to expand their facility in Gays Mills. A worldwide sensor manufacturer for the HVAC/R industry, BAPI continues to experience marked growth, and the expansion is focused on increasing space throughout the entire facility.

“This is an exciting time for BAPI,” said Vice President/Treasurer Vickie Stevenson. “This expansion is the direct result of all the hard work and dedication that our people put forth day in and day out. We are extremely proud of our team.”

 Expecting to increase the size of their workforce over the next several years, BAPI has already added 72 additional parking spaces.

“We are extremely happy to be experiencing growth and we look forward to expanding the BAPI team in the future. We are also thrilled about continuing to be a member of the community,” said Ritch Stevenson, BAPI President. “This is where we live and work and we are proud to call this our home.”

The construction getting underway now includes expansion of the current 26,000-square-foot facility. Those plans feature renovating and increasing the size of the facility as a whole, with all departments receiving additional space and updates.

“The much-needed addition in space will be utilized to its fullest potential as we continue to increase our role as a leader in the manufacturing of state of the art electronic sensors,” Ritch Stevenson added.

The expansion will nearly double the square footage of the current building, which now houses over 100 employees.

“The General Contractor for the project is Roessler & Sons, Construction, which is a nice connection to our BAPI beginnings as BAPI leased space from them when we were in Cross Plains.  Other local contractors for the project include Showen Construction and Excavating, LLC, Sand Prairie Construction, LLC, Swiggum Brothers Construction, and MD Electric,” Vickie Stevenson said.

Besides being a manufacturing facility, the Engineering, Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Supply Chain/Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Accounting, Information Technology, and Human Resources departments are all located in the current location.

Through the years, BAPI has earned a worldwide reputation as an industry leader by creating innovative and original solutions for HVAC applications, including:

·           ‘Another BAPI Original,’ These products all carry the ‘Another Original’ stamp, meaning that they were designed, engineered and first to market by BAPI.

·           ‘BAPI Backed,’ If a product fails due to a manufacturing defect, BAPI will not only repair or replace it, but we will also pay the labor to do so regardless of whether or not it is in the warranty period. We not only stand behind our products but also stand behind our customers.

·           A Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Sensor that is improving the quality of indoor air in offices, schools and commercial buildings throughout the world. The sensor measures air contaminants such as building materials, cleaners, perfumes and furniture and carpet off-gassing. BAPI introduced its first VOC sensors in 2011. Since then, the sensors have been used in a wide variety of applications. The sensors have also been used to tell when outside air has high levels of automobile exhaust or forest fire smoke. The sensor has also proven effective at sensing chloramines in indoor swimming pools, rocket fuel at a defense contractor and human sweat in gyms and exercise centers. The list of possibilities for this unique sensor is nearly endless.

·           BAPI’s Carbon Monoxide Sensor offers enhanced electrochemical sensing with outstanding accuracy at low concentrations. Looking to address the dangers affiliated with high – and low CO levels, BAPI has developed a new unit that features field selectable CO ranges of 0-100, 0-200, 0-300 and 0-500 parts per million.

About BAPI

BAPI is a premier sensor manufacturer specializing in sensors for temperature, humidity, pressure and air quality monitoring. Since 1993 BAPI has forged a place in the HVAC/R industry by focusing on advanced sensor technology. BAPI serves customers around the globe from their facility based in Gays Mills, Wisconsin.