Our Bright History
Founded in 1924 by local inventor Will Swift and local business man Carl Smith, the Sight Feed Generator Company was created in a garage when the two saw an opportunity to create a bright future.
By the late 1920’s, the success of the business pushed a move into two old tobacco barns which provided needed manufacturing and assembly space. The new location also offered a strategic shipping location with the barns being located along a regularly used rail way
As the company continued to grow, so did its product line, with the company expanding the use of the Sight Feed Generator into Floodlights and flare-lights.
Little did the company know that these increases in application would make it a prime product that would be called upon for support of the allied efforts in WWII. As is often the case, these boom years were met with a significant downturn for the company as the equipment used for the war effort re-entered the market after it was no longer needed.
To address this, the company developed larger and larger stationary generators for industrial use within the pipelines of manufacturing facilities.
Also seeing a shift in the market towards acetylene distribution and use in cylinders, a team of engineers began applying the knowledge gained from over 20 years of generator innovations into a closed loop, on-demand cylinder filling system which was smaller, safer, and more efficient for gas producers. Again revolutionizing a market, the bright future continued and the company remained committed to developing more efficient systems within Medium Pressure Acetylene Generation Plants.
By the 1960’s, the development team at a newly renamed company of Rexarc, had developed a fully automatic generator that could be operated safely and efficiently, as well as easily support plant expansions as they were needed.
Over the next 50 years and into today, the company designed, produced, and shipped Acetylene Plants of various sizes to over 80 countries that meet the needs of industries and applications in acetylene gas.
As the refinement of equipment design continued, other areas of development included improved purification methods and safety devices. These safe and efficient operations make Rexarc acetylene plants among the most desirable equipment today.
Still located on the site of those original tobacco barns, the company remains committed to developing innovations in the acetylene process with recent product developments that include automated solvent filling to improve operator efficiency as they weigh in cylinders prior to filling, and again prior to distribution for use. Data logging and reporting development provide additional insights into plant efficiency.
Today, and the future continue to shine brightly at Rexarc as we apply our knowledge, attitude, equipment, and processes to support your needs in the vessel production and value add services of piping, instrumentation, paint, and other controls integration. Rexarc is the global leader in acetylene gas plant production, and is trusted in over 50 countries around the world with the generation, purification, and compression of the highly volatile gas.
Rexarc’s traditions of customization, communication, and on-time delivery of products has been passed down through four generations of owners and 95-plus years of business.
Our customers know that we were here yesterday, we are here today, and we will be here tomorrow.
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Meet the People Who Built It
We make purchasing decisions every day without ever knowing who was behind building what was bought. At Rexarc, we are an empowered work force building an exceptional company and I feel it’s worth sharing with the world who we are at a much more foundational level. With this, I’ve started a series of communications called ‘Meet the People Who Built It’ in which we will be highlighting the talents, skills, and interests of Rexarc much beyond those who get to interact with our customers and prospects on a daily basis. It’s my hope that you enjoy learning about who else plays a vital role in servicing your acetylene plant needs. – Rob Moyer – CEO
Wes Rehmert applies his understanding of systems to Rexarc everyday by leveraging his Bachelor of Science degree from Urbana University in Exercise Physiology. In doing so, Wes has identified and helped implement many improvement opportunities in his 3 years of service at Rexarc. Wes is highly flexible and has expanded his skills within Rexarc by assembling acetylene compressors and gas distribution manifold boxes as well as developing his skills in HVLP Electro-static painting, amongst others.
Hobbies: Outside of Rexarc, Wes enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Most exciting project you’ve worked on: Continuous improvement painting projects – five rooms throughout the facility.
Favorite Quote: “What’s up, Bud?”
Biggest change at Rexarc since you’ve been on the team: Upgrading of the lights throughout the facility to LED. The old batch production transport conveyor being taken down.
A 2011 graduate of vocational school in the area of welding, Dylan has been with Rexarc even longer, starting as an apprentice while still studying. Over his tenure at Rexarc, Dylan has honed his skills in fabrication and welding while identifying opportunities to improve processes by changing to TIG from MIG and Stick welding methods. Dylan has also expanded his knowledge and skills in the area of SMAW as part of his development and succession planning. As Rexarc moved through the ASME certification process, Dylan achieved his personal welding certifications and was also one of the first Rexarc team members to complete the Dale Carnegie Success Skills course in 2012.
Hobbies: Fishing and Hunting
Most exciting project you’ve worked on: Helping with the start-up and use of a new Submerged Arc Welder. This new process was challenging and rewarding to learn.
During his tenure of 15 years at Rexarc, Kendall Clack has exceled in the application of his skills in pipe-fitting through the building of Rexarc compressors, piping and assembly of purification skids, and the assembly of generators of all types, but that’s not all. Kendall exhibits a great attitude of ‘get it done’ regardless of the need, even being voluntarily flexible with his holiday/vacation plans to be available to help a customer who’s plant was down and needed a critical piece of equipment to get back up and running. In addition to pipe fitting, Kendall has completed courses in Industrial Maintenance and is a valued team member who supports customers and Rexarc in many, many ways.
Favorite Quote: The past is history, the future a mystery.
Hobbies: Re-purposing unusable items for new uses. – Examples include turning an old door into a cabinet and an old industrial outdoor light into a kitchen light.
Most exciting project you’ve worked on:When I was put in charge of building my first generator, process skid, and compressor after being trained.
Biggest change at Rexarc since you’ve been on the team: – Change has been constant since I’ve joined Rexarc. From part location philosophy to the culture, it has all changed.