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California engine parts manufacturer moves to Boise

The Blower Shop manufactures superchargers, intake manifolds, inter-coolers and other components for high performance automobiles and boats. Photo courtesy of the Blower Shop.

The Blower Shop manufactures superchargers, intake manifolds, inter-coolers and other components for high performance automobiles and boats. Photo courtesy of the Blower Shop.

A  32-year-old engine parts manufacturer from southern California is moving to Boise this summer.

The Blower Shop, founded in 1984, makes high-performance engine parts for automobiles and boats. The company mainly builds parts for racing, but it also repairs and builds parts for street cars and boats not designed for racing.

Boise is the company’s fourth location. The Blower Shop earlier leased buildings in southern California, most recently a 10,000-square-foot facility in Simi Valley, but the company is moving away because it needs more opportunity to grow, said Julie Timchak, account manager with the Blower Shop.

“There is no room for growth here because the building is attached to a larger complex,” Timchak said of the Simi Valley site. “They have added three CNC machines in the machine shop in just the last year and a half  and there is no more room for growth. Everything is already stacked side by side.”

The Blower Shop is moving all of its operations to Boise. It  purchased a 13,000-square-foot building near the Boise Airport that will serve distribution, manufacturing and warehousing needs.

“We’ve gone from one person working manually and doing everything by hand to now having six machines and 20 people,” said Timchak. “We will be able to continue to grow with this new building.”

The company chose Boise because it would save money on business costs while not disrupting shipping times, Timchak said.

The Blower Shop distributes across the nation and to Australia. One of the big markets it serves is the Great Lakes, where boat racing is popular. The company earned about $3 million in 2015 – a $500,000 increase from 2014.

The Blower Shop currently has six manufacturing machines, but the company will have room to grow opperations once it moves to Boise. Photo courtesy of the Blower Shop.

The Blower Shop currently has six manufacturing machines. Photo courtesy of the Blower Shop.

The company began looking into Boise in the fall and met with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership in November. The new Boise headquarters is expected to open in August. The Blower Shop will hire about 20 machinists and assembly workers to join the six employees moving with the company.

The Blower Shop is working with the College of Western Idaho to fill its positions.

 

 

About Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.