Airport Authority Secures First New Industrial Airpark Tenant in Decades

Local Start Up Diesel Truck Expert Expands Business in Milan, Illinois 

MOLINE, ILLINOIS | September 20, 2019 – Overtime Diesel, a light and medium-duty truck maintenance, repair and parts manufacturing business is expanding from its 2017 start-up location in Taylor Ridge, Illinois to the Quad City International Airport's Industrial Airpark in Milan, Illinois. 

Overtime Diesel is expanding from a 2,400 square foot rural location into a 9,300 square foot light industrial space with adjacent expansion-ready land. The move was formally approved by the Metropolitan Airport Authority board on Thursday September 19, 2019.

The business acquired the building and remaining business assets from the former land tenant Antler Inn Manufacturing, taking over the 22-year remaining land lease with the airport authority. Overtime Diesel is making significant improvements to the facilities, including three floor-mounted hydraulic lifts, new customer and employee interior spaces, a new driveway and parking, and upgrading the on-site precision metal parts manufacturing operations.

Overtime Diesel specializes in after-market parts manufacturing, maintenance and repair for light to medium duty diesel trucks, including engines and suspensions. The business currently focuses on trucks 1-ton and under, as well as some farm equipment. It primarily serves local and regional construction, industrial and utility based companies' truck fleets.

Previously, the business also focused on performance rebuilds for competitive truck pulls, and the founder Ove Cano hosted the Rock Island County Fair's Diesel Drag in 2019. With the move to the QC Airpark, Ove says the focus is now handling a larger work load and increasing turn around times. 

Ove, who is self-taught on CAD renderings and CNC milling for after-market metal part manufacturing, has 3-D printers he uses to produce prototypes to ensure parts fit the project specs.

Besides opertating precision CNC mills Overtime Diesel does welding and fabrication as well as rebuilding diesel engines and Allison transmissions. “We work on a lot of head gaskets, turbo engine and injector systems, and repair and replace suspension components and traction bars.” 

Cano started working on diesel trucks right out of high-school in 2011, and started Overtime Diesel in 2017. Airport Executive Director Ben Leischner said, “We're excited that a young start up in Illinois with such talent and drive decidedthe right decision for their business’ growth was to find a new location in an established area with easy access to the community.”  

Overtime Diesel is planning to open the new facility at 7501 50thStreet in Milan, Illinois by early October, 2019. The business has two full-time employees and expects to hire up to four more technicians in the next twelve months. Ove said his number one employee Brett Rule coined the business name due to how many nights Ove would sleep at the shop putting in the long hours. “We're excited to be here at the QC Airpark and want to help this region grow,” Ove said.

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