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Ernest G. Hotze
CECO STORY

A salesman with an entrepreneurial spirit.

CECO was born in 1964 out of recognition of the industry’s need for high quality replacement parts. CECO’s founder, Ernest G. Hotze, identified a critical industry problem… the availability and quality of compressor replacement parts. CECO filled this gap with components and services that would increase compressor efficiency and provide longer service. CECO went on to develop many new and improved manufacturing procedures and continues today to lead with engineering solutions, design improvements, superior materials, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Due to its successful customer-oriented operation, CECO expanded its manufacturing facilities to include locations in Houston (headquarters) and Odessa, Texas, Walker, Louisiana, and Birmingham, Alabama. CECO is family-owned, financially strong, and debt free. In business for over 45 years, CECO has its own manufacturing plant equipped with CNC tools and heat treating facilities. As well as a strong, well staffed Engineering Department. CECO has the manufacturing and engineering expertise to provide replacement parts to your complete satisfaction.

Quality service to our customers is the highest priority. CECO has an extensive quality assurance program in place. It has been investigated by many of our customers who report that it is a first-class plan—better than some O.E.M. arrangements they have encountered. In September 1990, the U.S. Defense Department accepted CECO in their quality vendor program. Our parts are manufactured from complete engineered drawings which include manufacturing tolerances, material specifications, etc. Also, our fireproof vault holds over 13,500 engineered drawings.

We are proud of our extensive production facilities, streamlined processes, and advanced machining capabilities, but they will always come secondary to the promotion of moral values and the quest for excellence that we inspire in our work force.

"The CECO Story"
This video debuted in 1986 showing the success of CECO’s first 22 years of business. Since then CECO has developed innovative products and services for the gas transmission, midstream and petrochemical industries. Stay tuned for a new CECO video celebrating 50 years of engineered excellence.