TrynEx has some humble beginnings. The Madison Heights-based firm got its start in 1977 as a lawn care and snow removal company. It evolved into making lawn care and snow removal equipment in the mid 1990s before it was acquired by Douglas Dynamics last year.
That acquisition doesn’t mean the company stopped investing in Michigan. Since becoming a division of Douglas Dynamics
the company has hired staff and improved its facility in Madison Heights.
"The strength of a bigger company helps," says Barry Truan, vice president of marketing & development for TrynEx
. "We have more bench strength and ability."
TrynEx has a number of brands in the snow removal (SnowEx
), landscaping (TrufEx
), and janitorial (SweepEx
) equipment areas. It has hired a dozen people over the last year for engineering and production positions, expanding its staff to just more than 50 employees and a couple of interns. It is also looking to hire a salesperson.
TrynEx has also invested in improving its facility in Madison Heights. It turned one of its spare spaces into more work space for its growing staff and a new training center.
"That's where we’re hosting the Salt Summit
event next week," Truan says.
The company’s revenue has been propelled by the release of new products and the harsh winter the country just went through. This year is also looking up.
"2013 to 2014 has seen pretty substantial growth as well," Truan says.
Source: Barry Truan, vice president of marketing & development for TrynEx
Writer: Jon Zemke
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