SIDNEY — Shaffer Metal Fab is a contract manufacturer capable of providing sheet metal fabrications, machined components and powder coating per customer specifications.
“The sales volume remained strong in 2019 even after coming off a record-breaking year in 2018,” said Skip Murray, sales manager.
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Most of our sales volume is generated from the core industries that Shaffer serves including lighting, recreational vehicles, furniture, store fixturing and food service equipment. The bulk of our growth comes from existing accounts while we strategically target new accounts in some of the better performing manufacturing verticals.
We continue to leverage our ISO 9001 quality certification which has allowed us to target a few specific customers bound by internal company requirements to only procure material from quality certified suppliers. We have been officially certified for four years.
Capital investments in 2019 included the addition of a brand-new press brake designed for high volume, small piece size runs. We also continue to get a lot of use out of our state-of-the-art Mitsubishi Fiber Optic laser system which we purchased a few years ago. It runs 2-3 times faster than the laser it replaced and it has an automated loading system capable of holding 33,000 lbs. of material. It has increased our capacity and we can run it on off hours lights out without an operator. We have seven CNC machine centers which provides us the ability to efficiently produce complex parts and differentiates us from much of our competition. We will invest in this area of our business as demand increases.
Shaffer’s powder coat operation continues to provide more and more finished products to our customers, especially those looking for one-stop shop capabilities beyond fabrication and machining. The powder coat system is state of the art and is performed in an environmentally enclosed room to control temperature, humidity and cleanliness. Powder is applied with an eight-gun automatic Nordson spray booth capable of handling long runs with uniform consistency while manual guns are used for shorter runs. Finishes are available in a wide range of colors, glosses and textures.
Shaffer’s greatest asset is the knowledge and experience of our dedicated employees. And the challenge endures to find additional qualified individuals as we grow the business. As for the 2020 calendar year, we plan on focusing the majority of our service efforts on growing our core account base while we continue to seek out new logical business opportunities.