What values guide your company?
We value strong business ethics, customer satisfaction, and respect for all employees.
What have you learned recently that would be valuable to fellow industry leaders?
Be open to new ideas and couple that with a desire to learn.
What do you feel are the most important issues facing the industry?
The industry might have rested on it laurels and not been able to recognize the competitive challenges from around the world. Manufactured products that require low-skilled labor are gone from the continental United States forever. Our focus should be to target the high-end manufactured products. Also, manufacturing innovation is a key component to maintain a strong presence in high-end sheet metal fabrication and fastener markets.
Where do you expect to encounter the greatest challenges in the next three years?
China will continue to grow as a formidable competitor in both low-tech and high-tech production. Our industry must continue to develop and embrace new technologies, and set aside the NIH(not invented here) syndrome, or we will not succeed. There must be a free flow of ideas to succeed in the future world of metal fabrication manufacturing.
What are you doing now to create the future you want?
We are endeavoring to establish joint ventures and strategic partnerships to gather new practices and techniques to establish a defense against domestic and nondomestic competitors.
What new technology have you acquired?
The incorporation of the dual-head punch in the manufacturing process will help companies realize a stronger bottom line through substantial increases in productivity.
The dual-head punch addresses problems associated with wear. On average, metal fabrication manufacturers have to replace approximately four to five punches per machine per shift. In economic terms, each time a punch must be changed, the operator has to stop the machine to replace the worn punch, which means production is lost during the tool change.