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Published August 18, 2016
The CEO of a company that is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of central vacuum systems used in industrial, car wash, commercial and medical markets will be the guest speaker at the e2e Wyoming meeting in Laramie next month.
John Tucker, CEO of Vacutech, will share his company’s story, from inception to strong growth, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., in the University of Wyoming Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, located at 222 S. 22nd St.
“John is continuing to advance his industry through new and impressive engineering designs,” says Christine Langley, COO of the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC). “He’s a true innovator.”
Tucker was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., and spent most of his young adult life managing various divisions of the family’s central vacuum business. He left California in the early 1980s to begin his own business in Denver, Colo. At 36, he sold that company, and spent the next 15 years developing real estate and offering his services in several corporate turnarounds.
Tucker and his brother, Tom, formed Vacutech in 2004 to design and manufacture central vacuum systems used by car wash and industrial customers. Vacutech thrived in Denver before it soon outgrew its facility.
After careful investigation, Tucker made the decision to move Vacutech to Wyoming. He oversaw the construction of Vacutech’s 45,000-square-foot facility in Sheridan. The company’s fully integrated product design, engineering, manufacturing and installation expertise enables Vacutech to manufacture world-class, custom-built vacuum systems.
Vacutech took an investment from Vonne Capital in 2014 to assist with the growth of the company, which currently employs 125 people. The company’s systems can be found in every state in the U.S., and throughout Asia, Australia and Europe.
“When John Tucker made the decision to move and grow his business in Wyoming, it was a real win for the community of Sheridan and the state of Wyoming,” Langley says.
E2e is an educational networking program with chapters in Laramie, Casper, Gillette and Sheridan. It is designed to improve the climate for the startup and growth of entrepreneurial companies. Each e2e chapter meets bimonthly for 45 minutes of networking, followed by a 45-minute program. The programs feature successful entrepreneurs telling their stories, panel discussion on relevant topics and advice from experts in specific businesses.
Administered by the UW Office of Research and Economic Development, the WTBC is a not-for-profit business incubator that provides entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools necessary for success.
For more information on e2e, call the WTBC at (307) 766-6395.