When Vacutech opened in December 2011, there was much fanfare.

As it should have been, with the arrival and development of new manufacturing. Vacutech engineers and manufactures vacuum systems. The story of its industrial relocation is ideal and oft-told: John Tucker and members of his family vacationed here. Liked the area. And then decided to move its facility here from Centennial, Colorado. In doing so, Vacutech created 30 new jobs.

So three years later, how’s business, I ask at lunch one day recently.

Using any yardstick, it’s quite good. There are now 80-plus employees and Vacutech is closing on a third additional building lease in the Sheridan area to complement its 45,000- square-foot operation in the Wrench Ranch area north of town. “Our business has doubled,” John Tucker says. The main facility is a first-rate, climate-controlled environment. “If it floats, rolls, flies or stands still, we can put a custom vacuum system in it,” Tucker said three years ago.

Tucker, a young 66, adds that larger projects are on the horizon for 2015 with a greater focus on products for an international market. “We are poised to do well. The business is there. We have to go and get it,” he says, adding how Vacutech is the leader in vacuum systems for the car wash industry. They’ve also done business with Boeing and Cedar Sinai hospitals and have clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.Vacutech has roots in San Diego, a company that was started by the father of John and Tom Tucker in 1959.

When Vacutech opened, Tucker repeatedly cited how the vocational training of Sheridan College graduates was a factor in its relocation. It still is.

“We have confidence in their training. Sheridan College is good for us and our clients. We wouldn’t have moved here without them. They have exceeded our expectations. There’s a good work ethic here.”

Twice as many employees. Twice as much business. Expansion into other facilities. Development of a foreign clientele. According to Tucker, this success — gestated right here in Sheridan, Wyoming —came with good business etiquette.

“It’s doing what you say you’re going to do. It’s respecting the client. It’s calling back and getting information to them when it’s promised,” Tucker says. “Most industries are starved in this regard. You can’t thrive without good business etiquette.”


Tomorrow’s Sheridan Press will feature our annual fall sports special edition. Some 28 pages with the lowdown on area teams — features, schedules, rosters, photos and much more. Look for it. It’s a keeper.




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— William E. Vaughan, columnist, Kansas City Star, 1915-1977