SALINA, KANSAS, U.S. — Vortex announced it has acquired Kasa Fab, a custom metal fabrication and manufacturing company located in Salina, Kansas, U.S. The acquisition was effective Sept. 1.

Kasa Fab is a division of Kasa Companies, which includes Kasa Controls & Automation, IntelliFinishing and Kasa Anlagen. Other Kasa Companies were not included in the sale.

“This acquisition allows Vortex to expand upon our fabrication capabilities, including lasers, robotic welders, blasting booths, and liquid and powder paint systems, among others,” explained Travis Young, executive vice-president at Vortex. “Over the past few years, Vortex has rapidly grown its carbon steel fabrication, which is not always compatible with stainless and aluminum processes. By having two manufacturing sites, we will better serve Vortex’s current customer base, as well as our new customers brought over from Kasa Fab.”

Jeff Thompson president and chief executive officer of Vortex, added, “We are happy to be welcoming their employee group into the Vortex family. Both companies have very similar cultures and core competencies. Plus, we are always looking for great people who share our values to join our team.”

With the acquisition, Vortex will operate more than 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space and employ more than 400 employees in Salina, Kansas. In the transition of ownership, Kasa Fab will operate under the Vortex brand name.