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ARF Featured in Crain's Cleveland Business

Posted by Phil Misch on Jun 18, 2013 5:37:00 AM

American Roll Form was thrilled to be featured in the June 10-16, 2013 edition of Crain's Cleveland Business. The full page article discusses how ARF has made change and adaptability a core competency and talks about the strength of our new leadership and our decision to open our new facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read the full article on the Crain's website by clicking here.

Here are some highlights from the article:

"American Roll Formed Corp. thinks there is strength in change. The Painesville-based metal fabricating company has been putting that idea into action in the last 18 months, bringing in new leadership, opening a plant and implementing a host of new programs. The changes seem to be paying off. In the past year, the company has hired about 15 new employees locally and doubled its order backlog."

"John K. Lane, who joined American Roll Form — as the company is known publicly — as its CEO last October, said the employee-owned company has put more formal operating structures in place in the last year and a half. Once a company attains a certain size, it can't rely on hallway conversations, Mr. Lane said. There must be a concerted effort to encourage collaboration and communication among employees. “You need to have a dialogue,” he said. “You need to have some method of communicating.”"

"Mr. Lane said while there are more structures in place now, he'd never want the company to lose its entrepreneurial spirit. It's that spirit that has helped the company evolve and grow over time. A few years ago, Mr. Lane said, American Roll Form went from a company that just provides customers with a product to one that works with customers to help improve their products."

"American Roll Form has been expanding its geographic reach, too. In April, the company opened a plant in North Las Vegas. Mr. Lane said the company was losing opportunities out west because of costs such as shipping expenses. It began looking at current and potential customers in that region and decided the time was right to grow. In late December, after about eight months of planning, the company presented its ideas to the board. By April 1, the company not only had leased a building, got machines up and running and hired some employees, but also had produced its first part in the plant. There are a half-dozen employees at that plant now, but American Roll Form would like to see a total staff of 20 to 25 there, Mr. Schmitt said. The company has a total of 130 employees at its three plants, with 15 new hires taking place locally in the past year."

ARF would like to formally thank Rachel Abbey McCafferty from Crain's for the great article. If you have any questions or if we can help your company improve your bottom line, please contact us at 440-352-0753 or email Steve Raisbeck, VP of Sales and Marketing, at sraisbeck@arfpcorp.com.