Cutting edge technology really cuts--with lasers--in Mt. Pleasant

From moving milk to fighting forest fires, Mt. Pleasant’s Burch Tank and Truck, Inc. creates products that affect people’s lives in ways both seemingly ordinary and extraordinary.

In addition to the products it manufactures, Burch also offers its manufacturing services to other businesses. Its latest is a piece of cutting technology--literally.

Burch has recently added a fiber laser cutter to their roster of equipment. According to the company, fiber laser cutters are both more effective and efficient than other laser cutting systems, cutting thin metals three times as fast as CO2 laser cutters, for example.

Inside Burch Tank & Truck's new laser cutting machineThe fiber laser cutter measures 8 ft. by 20 ft. on a double bed, allowing for the cutting of parts big and small.

"This is one of the largest fiber cutters in the Midwest," says Jeff Harrison, CEO of Burch Tank and Truck, Inc.

"In addition to our press brake and plate roll machine, our new laser cutter allows us to produce precise parts for all of our equipment helping to make the highest quality tanks possible."

The new laser cutter can handle up to 3/4 in. carbon steel, up to 7/16 in. stainless steel and aluminum alloys, and up to 1/4 in. brass. Materials that are unique and difficult to cut are now rendered cut-able.

It’s another step forward for the Mt. Pleasant company, which has been manufacturing tanks for the agricultural, chemical, crude oil, petroleum, ISO and industrial gas industries since 1990.

"We are excited for the new opportunities," says Harrison.

"Burch Tank is now able to produce high quality custom cutting and fabrication parts for not only Burch Tank but other businesses as well."

Burch Tank and Truck, Inc. is located at 2253 Enterprise Dr. in Mt. Pleasant.

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