FigurE 3 Gas tungsten arc welding is just one example
of the precise fabricating skills that EVS Metal offers at its
Riverdale, N.J., location.
Establishing the Way Things Are Done
So just how did EVS Metal replicate the can-do
culture that was born in Riverdale in the other
fabricating locations? The key was to have good
systems in place, according to Amico.
For example, the company has been a longtime
user of the enterprise resource planning software
MIE Trak. The software gives managers a constant
glimpse into the operations and profitability of
those activities, particularly back in the day when
a lot of other shops were managing based on gut
instinct rather than hard data. Today that com-
puterization encompasses operations at all loca-
tions, tracking items such as labor costs and job
status on the shop floor.
over the business, renting the same facility and literally throwing equipment in there as quickly as
possible to chase after much-needed customers.
It didn’t help that the following year was abysmal
for manufacturing in general.
But EVS Metal stayed the course and grew the
businesses, both in New Jersey and Texas. Both
locations actually acquired nearby metal fabricating operations in the early 2000s, bolstering the facilities’ talent base and fabricating capabilities and
expanding the customer base.
The next opportunity for expansion came with
the purchase of a fabricating company in Keene,
N.H. The acquisition gave EVS Metal a location
that specialized in heavier, more complex, precision weldments and assemblies. The 30,000-sq.-ft.
building also gave the company another location
from which to serve the New England market.
Today EVS Metal is in the process of setting up
a small fabricating operation in Stroudsburg, Pa.
That location will handle simpler fabrications and
more of the high-volume orders that don’t quite
fit in either Keene or in Riverdale, where the high-precision, thin-gauge work is done (see Figure 3).
The New Jersey facility remains both the headquarters and the largest fabricating operation. In
the Garden State location is 60,000 sq. ft., and EVS
Metal is leasing another 12,000 sq. ft. nearby. One
hundred out of 116 employees work over two
shifts at the Riverdale location.
“I think the smaller facilities work out much
better,” Amico said. “It’s easier to service the customers out of those facilities, which is often the
main difficulty in running this kind of business.
Obviously, if you don’t satisfy the customer, you
don’t have a business, no matter how great you
can punch and bend metal.
“In those larger facilities, I think [that the focus
on the customer] tends to get lost,” he added.
“And the culture changes [with growth]. You have
areas of the facility where there is a miniculture,
which is not in line with what you are trying to do
in satisfying the customer.”
FigurE 4 EVS Metal recognizes that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to hire people who have specific fabricating skills right off the street. That is why it is turning to more automation, such as these Amada robotic press brakes.
FigurE 5 The company added to its finishing capabilities when it installed a powder coating line at its Pflugerville,
Texas, facility. The line includes two spray booths, one manual and one an automatic booth with six guns and a powder