ORANGE CITY—While a fire destroyed one building at K2W Precision Inc. last Wednesday night, three-fourths of the facility remains standing after firefighters with multiple departments worked into the early Thursday morning hours to contain the blaze to one section of the space.
“We don’t know anything at th is point,” said K2W Precision Inc. co-owner Wade Huisman Thursday night. “It is currently under investigation. We are just at a loss right now.”
The fire at K2W Precision, which is located about five miles north of Orange City at 3983 Jackson Ave., was reported at about 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday.
The Orange City Fire Department was joined by the Alton, Boyden, Hospers, Hull, Maurice and Sioux Center fire departments to battle the blaze. The Le Mars Fire Department covered the Orange City Fire Department during the fire. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office brought a drone to help provide more information about the fire and the Orange City Ambulance was on the scene. An excavator was used to remove debris so firefighters could battle hot spots.
The departments used about 120,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, which was put out at about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to Orange City Fire Department chief Denny Vander Wel.
“No cause yet,” Vander Wel said. “The fire was on one section, not the complete facility. There is damage throughout most of it, not all of it. It’s not a complete loss. It’s undetermined how much damage there is inside and what can be salvaged and what can’t.”
The 12,000-square-foot section of the facility is a complete loss. The north wall of that building still stands but the roof collapsed and the east and west walls are no longer standing. The south wall was attached to the other part of the facility.
Keizer Aluminum Wheels, which is the main product sold by K2W Precision, tweeted Thursday “We are devastated @ K2W. We’re heartbroken for all Keizer customers that have taken us here. We don’t know if this is the end, or a new beginning. We’ll have a temp office set up on Tuesday to start fielding questions. We appreciate the prayers from our racing family. Luv you all.”
The smaller section was attached to 45,000 square feet of workspace that was added to the facility in 2018 and included the office. While that portion of the building still stands, there is smoke and heat damage.
K2W Precision manufactures four high-end product lines for the racing industry with Keizer Aluminum Wheels serving as the main product. The business also has added lines of products over the years such as:
- ShockStocked.com: a shock component line.
- Madpans.com: an oil pan line.
- RacinRack.com: a steering rack line.
K2W Precision is co-owned by Huisman, his wife Angie Huisman and his brother in-law Nate DeWeerd.
Wade Huisman’s father, Wes, started the company, then called Keizer Aluminum Wheels, in 1997 in a small garage in Sioux Center. Wes Huisman died in 2003, the same year the 12,000-square-foot facility was built north of Orange City.
K2W Precision was established in 2013 by Huisman and DeWeerd with Keizer Aluminum Wheels the staple product of the company. K2W Precision exports wheels and racing parts all over the United States and around the world.
In 2017, K2W Precision was awarded direct financial assistance and/or tax credits by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for expansion, which led to the 45,000-square-foot section.
K2W Precision had 13 employees in 2018 when it was honored with the 2018 Global Iowa Export Award by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.