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Radco headquarters to move to Batavia

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 4:18 p.m. CDT
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Pete Frentzos (from left), vice president of business development for Radco Industries, stands with CEO Michael Damiani, Batavia Mayor Jeff Shielke, Larry Kendzior, the vice president of finance, and Tony Corscadden, the vice president of operations. Radco's headquarters are moving to Batavia.

BATAVIA – A company that manufactures specialty fluids and lubricants for the military, industrial/energy and solar markets is moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to Batavia next month.

Radco Industries expects to move into a vacant 28,000-square-foot facility at 700 Kingsland Drive in Batavia. The company’s manufacturing plant had been in LaFox since 1977.

Radco CEO Michael Damiani said the facility will accommodate the company’s growing business, which extends across six continents.

“We are continuing to expand our product line,” he said. “Solar energy represents the highest growth of our business. This fits in nicely with Batavia being the City of Energy.”

Batavia earned the nickname for being home to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and once being known as the windmill capital of the world.

The Batavia facility will manufacture heat transfer and solar products. The company’s LaFox facilities are approved for military manufacturing and will continue to produce military products.

“Both plants will be close to each other,” Damiani said. “Most of our employees live in the Tri-Cities area.”

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said he was pleased to see Radco move its headquarters to Batavia. He said the firm’s involvement in industrial energy and solar markets places it on the “cutting edge” of the American technological frontier.

“It will mean more jobs, and it is good to have the space utilized,” Schielke said.

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