Meet EFCO Finishing – Mike D’Amato

Meet Mike D'Amato-EFCO Finishing's Custom Metal Polisher

Custom Polishing? Have you heard of it? In addition to the many finishing services that EFCO offers, one that doesn’t get talked about, or that is still a bit of a secret, is our custom polishing capability. We have a polisher on our team with over 33 years of experience in the industry – he’s worked at several polishing companies in addition to working in-house at several larger, local businesses. His name is Mike D’Amato.

Many of you who have had us do polishing work know that Mike is capable of transformational results. He can do everything from a #4 brush or directional finish all the way up to a mirror finish, what we refer to as a #8 finish, and everything in between. He takes great pride in his work, and there isn’t much he hasn’t encountered in his long tenure in the industry. His goal is always to get the customer what they are looking for in a timely fashion, and he takes great pride seeing his finished product heading out the door in that beautiful, glistening state.

With our move to Menomonee Falls, he also has a larger, better designed workspace that houses all of his equipment and supplies in one specific area. We have three Timesaver machines, three polishing lathes/wheels, and a stroke sander at his disposal to get the finish desired and the final product our customers have come to expect and love.

Mike is a great employee who is always willing to help out. In addition to his skill with polishing, he is also one of lead glass bead blasters in our cabinets, and can operate our scale and weight count parts for customer’s shipments. In general, he just likes to stay busy, and we know our customers appreciate this as it translates to quick turnaround times

If you have a project or job requiring polishing expertise, please give us a call or email us a print at sales@efcofinishing.com. We will also be glad to provide a sample of the finish at no charge. You will be happy you did, as Mike, and EFCO, will give you great service in a timely fashion!

 

 

 

Meet EFCO Finishing | Anthony Parsley

Meet Anthony Parsley: A Key Part of the EFCO Finishing Team

If you are a new customer, or one that has been around for several years, odds are you have come in contact with Anthony Parsley. Having started with the company in the late 90’s, he has worked in all areas of the company, is able to run all machines and processes, and currently oversees our Shipping and Receiving area as well as our Vapor Degreasing line.

Anthony is a truly dedicated employee. He’s most likely the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave in the evening, ensuring every truck has been loaded or unloaded before his work is complete for the day. In addition to the duties on the dock, he also is very valuable on the floor, where he assists with processing parts. He often serves as lead on the vapor degreasing line, ensuring that all the parts that leave EFCO are completed to our quality standards. At times he also runs our vibratory finishing, ball burnishing, tumble blast, table blast, and glass bead processes. He’s always willing to help others, or as he puts it, “he just likes staying busy.” We’re so grateful to have this dedication on our staff and be able to extend it to our customers, too!

Next time you are in EFCO, make it a point to say hi to Anthony, if you can find him. We are so glad he is with us, and hope he stays for a long, long time! We promise we’ll keep him busy!

 

EFCO’s Terry Schultz Appointed to Family Business Leadership Partners Board

EFCO Finishing’s Terry and April Schultz attended the Family Business Leadership Partners, or FBLP, annual year end dinner last Friday evening at Shully’s Cuisine and Events in Thiensville.  Formerly the Family Business Legacy Institute, or FBLI, the event was held to celebrate the past year’s highlights, and also to kick off 2019!

The highlight of the evening was the presentation by David Cooks, the author of Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose.  At the age of 15, David woke up and an aneurysm in his spine had paralyzed him.  But he would still go on to Duke University where he would serve as a graduate assistant to Coach K of the Blue Devils and their national championship teams.  He would eventually return home to Milwaukee, and became head basketball coach at Marquette University High School.

The takeaway from the presentation was that David, despite his paralysis and physical shortcomings, does not feel sorry for himself or expect preferential treatment from anybody, including his family.  He has risen above paralysis, and is now embarking on what could become a world-wide speaking tour. He said it best……”If I can do it, anybody can do it!”

Earlier in the evening, Terry was introduced as a new board member for the FBLP.  He is one of three new additions, all coming from member families of the organization, with the idea behind this to get family input on issues that come up, and also to find topics or areas of interest directly impacting family business.  Looking forward to a great and exciting year ahead!

Terry appointed to board of Family Business Leadership group

EFCO Finishing Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

EFCO Finishing Corporation is pleased to announce that we have earned the ISO 9001:2015 certification, replacing the prior certification held for the ISO 9001:2008 standard.  A copy of our certificate is shown below!

ISO standards are set by the International Organization for Standardization, which is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations, promoting worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards.  Achieving this standard gives companies the assurances that defined quality and management policies are in place, and that they have been verified by an independent source, or auditor. We hope you’ll find this to be a complement to the high level of service you receive when you work with us!

The 2015 standard focuses on performance by combining the process approach with risk based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle at all levels of the organization.  Some of the key changes from the prior standard include:

  1. There is a greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs.  
  2. There is now a requirement that top level management and executives now have to be involved and accountable, which aligns quality with a wider business strategy.  This can no longer just be delegated to the quality team.
  3. Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement throughout the organization.

We are looking forward to continuously improving our company with the implementation of this standard, and excited for the opportunities that will arise because of this.  If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call – it’s our pleasure to work with you and continue building our partnerships!

EFCO Finishing Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Supporting Blessings in a Backpack for the Holidays

EFCO Finishing once again assisted the non-profit organization Blessings in a Backpack at the start of the holiday season.  On two separate occasions, EFCO joined the group in getting food and supplies picked up and delivered to Arrowhead and Catholic Memorial High Schools, where students and youth groups assisted in the loading of the backpacks.

The organization feeds school children in the United States who currently depend on assistance during the week from federally funded meal programs and who are at risk of going hungry on the weekends.  During the holidays with extended periods away from school, the need is greater than ever. KLJ Consulting kept the loading area safe.

In the past, before EFCO assisted with the trucking, multiple vehicles and families would be tasked with picking up the items and delivering them.  They would break down the skids, load the product into cars and minivans, and then unload it again at the final destination.  Now the product can be left on the pallets and loaded with a forklift directly onto EFCO’s truck, saving time and backs from the heavy lifting.  The skids are not broken down until getting to the final location, where the students and youth groups kick in and unload.

A special thanks once again goes out to Jody Henkel for coordinating both pickups.  Please consider helping this organization in the future, as the need is great!

Happy Holidays from EFCO Finishing!

Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin – 2017

For the second year, EFCO was honored to participate in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers in Commerce and Johnson Bank. We partnered with Steve Slack and E.K. Machine out of Fall River, Wisconsin who designed and created the award, to provide the polishing on the trophy given to the winner.

The event was held at Madison’s Monona Terrace, and Terry Schultz was fortunate to attend the event, along with hundreds of other business leaders from around the state of Wisconsin. A “State of the State” address was given by WMC president Kurt Bauer, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch also addressed the crowd. In addition to the award ceremony, the lunch was held to honor Manufacturing Month in the state.

Many great companies and their products were part of the competition, and just short of 200,000 votes were cast in the competition. The four finalists included Generac, Mercury Marine, Ariens, and Oshkosh Truck, with Oshkosh winning the Coolest Thing award for their development of the JLTV, or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which is the latest innovation from the company, and will not only help our branches of the military, but other allies throughout the world.

Being at the event really brought to light all of the great things happening in Wisconsin, and the future looks even brighter. Manufacturing is no longer seen as a dirty job done in filthy conditions, but instead a career with many opportunities available across a wide range of areas. EFCO is proud to be a partner of many of the finalists, if not directly, on an indirect basis, providing our metal finishing services, such as vibratory finishing, grit blasting, polishing and more to their final products.

On Wisconsin!! 

EFCO Finishing is Moving

EFCO Finishing Corporation has found a new home, and will be moving to a new location in Menomonee Falls in August 2017.  Watch for updates in regards to our completion date.

EFCO will maintain its presence in Waukesha County. Our trucks will continue to be available for pickups and deliveries. Customers can continue to expect the same core level of services in the newly renovated location.

Our new address is:

W142N9078 Fountain Boulevard
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Our main phone number will remain the same: 262.781.4411. Our website, as well as all individual emails, also remain, with the best email for RFQ’s being sales@efcofinishing.com.  Fax numbers will be updated when available.

Our new facility features:

  • A larger, more efficient space with growth opportunity
  • Great business park location and easy access to the interstate
  • Larger more dedicated area for all of our blasting services
  • Table and tumble blasting
  • A new cabinet and blast room
  • New wetroom for vibratory finishing and ball burnishing services

EFCO would like to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding during our move as it continues most likely through the end of August. We sincerely value all of the relationships we have established, and look forward to continue to grow those in the future. EFCO Finishing Corporation remains, “Committed to the Finish,” and looks forward to showing you our new home soon!

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EFCO Finishing’s New Home Taking Shape

EFCO Finishing’s new metal finishing facilities in Menomonee Falls took some major steps towards completion this past week. The new concrete floor with drains in the new “wet room” has been finished, and will soon have our vibratory finishing and burnishing machines sitting on it! We just need that concrete to cure before moving the heavy machines in place.

Several additional blast machines were also moved over to the new location, and we continue to have more services coming on-line, in addition to our blast room, which was mentioned last week. Our team is working diligently to get all equipment up and running as soon as possible so we can continue to offer the service our customers have come to expect. On behalf of all of us at EFCO, I’d like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding in this busy time.

Lastly, the exterior painting is nearing completion, and we now even have a sign on the building, should you have to make a delivery or pickup at our new place.

It won’t be long, and we will be in with our full repertoire of services available to you in a timely manner. Stay tuned for additional updates, coming soon!

Exterior of EFCO Finishing's new Menomonee Falls facilities Interior of the EFCO Metal Finishing office space completed wetroom floor at the EFCO Metal Finishing office space

Vibratory Finishing at EFCO’s New Home

Work continues on EFCO Finishing’s new location on Fountain Boulevard in Menomonee Falls, and this past week, the vibratory finishing area took some huge steps towards completion. The area of the building that will house all the wet processes, including ball burnishing, had the concrete floor removed so a new floor with drains could be installed. These drains will collect all the waste water from these processes and funnel it to our wastewater treatment tanks, where the water will be treated before discharging, a process that has landed EFCO on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s honor roll as a responsible corporate citizen for several years running now. This past week, about three quarters of the new floor was re-poured. The balance will be poured soon, and will then cure for a couple of weeks before bringing over our arsenal of machines in early August.

Other work in progress includes painting the exterior of the building, as the interior of the shop and offices was done earlier. Electrical work to get our blast machine area running also continues, and this past week, our blast room re-opened and the first orders were processed at the new building. More machines will be coming on-line soon, and we will do everything in our power to continue to process orders in a timely manner! EFCO remains “Committed to the Finish,” both for your jobs and the completion of this project. When finished, we will have a great new home to provide even better, more efficient service than in the past. Stay tuned for additional updates soon!EFCO Metal Finishing installs new floor for vibratory finishing in Menomonee Falls, WI locationPouring the Vibratory Finishing Room floor at EFCO's new Milwaukee WI Metal Finishing FacilityEFCO Metal Finishing Continues progress on their new Menomonee Falls Location

Menomonee Falls Building Improvements Under Way for EFCO Finishing

Work has begun to get EFCO Finishing’s new home ready for business! Improvements to the building include the installation of a new concrete wetroom floor with drains.  This is where EFCO will continue to provide all of our wet processes which include vibratory finishing and ball burnishing, with a wide array of different size machines along with many different medias to achieve the desired outcomes.  A new coat of paint for both the interior and exterior of the building, and carpet and paint to provide a fresh look for the offices, and many other upgrades are also in process.

Several machines, including our blast room, have been moved over to the new facility, and we are working to get them up and running as soon as possible.  Our friends from Doral Machinery Movers are coordinating this part of the move, and are doing the heavy lifting for us.  

Stay tuned for more updates as we get further along, and if you have any questions about the status of a job or if a process is available, don’t hesitate to call.

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