Rupp Air Management - a Division of CaptiveAire
CaptiveAire is the nation's leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems and one of their six manufacturing facilities is located right here in Fayette County. The West Union plant has been operating since 1998, initially as Rupp Air Management Systems. Rupp, as it is known locally, was acquired by CaptiveAire in 2000.
There are currently 108 highly skilled employees working at the facility which manufactures custom ventilation systems for clients located across the United States and Canada. Clients include independent restaurants, national chains, and other public and private institutions. Rupp has worked directly with local businesses too, supplying systems in St. Lucas, Oelwein, West Union and Fayette. The ventilation systems integrate hoods, exhaust fans, electrical controls, direct-fired heaters, grease duct systems, fire suppression systems, grease filters and utility distribution systems that are specifically designed for each clients needs.
The facility cuts and forms all of its steel panels in house using two specialty turret punches made in Finland. These machines have the capability of taking raw steel ans changing it into a formed part ready for assembly within minutes. These machines are an essential part of the plant production. All piping and wiring are done in the factory to minimize labor at the job site. No onsite welding is required to install CaptiveAire's grease duct system, which is an industry leading innovation. Aaron Ryan, West Union's plant manager credits Rupp's high quality and dependable workforce as key to their success. For more information about CaptiveAir and its products, please visit: www.captiveaire.com.