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!

EFCO Metal Finishing has moved to its Menomonee Falls, WI location Progress continues at EFCO Metal Finishing's Menomonee Falls, WI location Shipping & receiving is in motion at EFCO Finishing's new metal finishing facilities

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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Volunteering with Blessings in a Backpack Waukesha

Terry from EFCO Metal Finishing helps Blessings in a BackpackOn Saturday, May 20th, Terry Schultz from EFCO Finishing assisted a community service project in Waukesha County, joining the county’s chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. Terry picked up a total of 6 pallets at Sam’s Club in Waukesha, on EFCO’s truck, and delivered on EFCO’s to St. Anthony’s on the Lake in Pewaukee where it will be distributed to school-aged children.

Here is a little more information regarding Blessings in a Backpack and their mission:

Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that feeds school children in the United States who currently are fed during the week on the federally funded Free and Reduced Meal Program and are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. Its mission is to mobilize communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. The program works with elementary school-aged children whose families cannot afford enough food. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. As of March 2016, the program is feeding more than 88,000 children in 46 states and Washington, D.C. at 950 schools in the United States. The organization gained widespread attention after Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted about a mayonnaise-banana sandwich, which gained unexpected widespread attention, and asked fans to donate money to Blessings in a Backpack and agreed to match up to $50,000.

A special thanks goes out to Jody Henkel and Regina Estrada for all of their hard work in coordinating Saturday’s activities.  If anyone else would like to help, I would encourage you to google the organization, and to “like” them on Facebook to learn of future activities and ways you too can help!!

Terry from EFCO Metal Finishing helps Blessings in a Backpack EFCO truck loaded up with food for Waukesha County children in need Terry from EFCO Metal Finishing helps Blessings in a Backpack

Watch Us Grow – Announcing EFCO Finishing’s Expansion

It is no longer a secret that after spending generations in Butler and elapsing a period of greater than 50 years at its current home, EFCO Finishing will be relocating to a newer, larger building in Menomonee Falls later this year. We plan to be up and running at the new location by September 1, 2017, but the high quality metal finishing services you’ve come to expect will see no interruption during the move. 

Last summer, EFCO began the process of trying to find a new building and was very excited to conclude the process in February, after an exhaustive search. Wanting to stay in the same general area, we were thrilled to find the Fall’s property, along with the fact that it met our criteria: great freeway access, a vibrant business park, and a more traditional rectangular facility, allowing us to get everything under one roof with room to grow.

Located on Fountain Boulevard, just north of Main Street in the Falls directly across from Bradley Corporation, EFCO’s new building is just shy of 30,000 square feet.  Add in the efficiencies gained, and EFCO will have a facility to serve our customers and grow with them over the next several years.

It is bittersweet for current owners, Terry Schultz and Mike Budgins, to relocate after so many years in Butler, with all the memories that exist. That said, they are also very excited for the opportunity in front of them and looking forward to putting their stamp on this next chapter of the EFCO legacy.

As mentioned earlier, the plan is to start the move as summer starts.  Having ample time available allows us to organize the property better and plan the move strategically so we are never shut down. This way we can continue meeting all our customers’ needs and deadlines on a continuous basis, even during the transition.  We plan to keep the core group of services in tact, which includes vibratory finishing, ball burnishing, and the wide range of blasting services such as blast cabinet blasting, table and tumble blasting using steel grit and steel shot, and large blast room for larger pieces and projects. Vapor degreasing and our timesaver machines will also be active at the new location.

Continue to follow us for more updates as we progress throughout the year!

Terry Schultz and Mike Budgins stand by the sign on 124th Street, alerting their customers to the changes ahead. Our friend Chris Sherman from Brilliant DPI designed and installed the sign for us.EFCO Metal Finishing Relocated to Menomonee Falls Wisconsin Facility

EFCO Finishing Pickup & Delivery Services

We have highlighted EFCO’s metal finishing services offered in past blog posts, but this post highlights the pickup and delivery services provided by EFCO Finishing.

As we concluded 2016, our company truck finally reached the end of its useful life, and was removed from the EFCO fleet. Wanting to maintain this valuable service to our customers, we had a choice to make: buy a new truck or enter into a full service lease. Partnering with our friends at Airoldi Brothers, we went the leasing route, bringing  a 2017 Hino 20’ box truck onto our staff. This allows us to focus on what we do best – metal finishing and let’s the experts manage the maintenance and well-being of the truck.

Having access to this truck earns EFCO a competitive advantage over other finishing companies. For example, we’re able to pickup and deliver parts more quickly, no longer reliant  on a common carrier. Also, we gain greater flexibility, allowing the EFCO logistics team to manage scheduling, rather than a third party who is not a strategic partner in the interaction. We’re able to adjust routes and schedules throughout the day, often helping our customers out of jams. By getting to know the needs and expectations of our customers, we can do our best to be there when they need us there. It makes us proud to have this ability to delight our customers and hopefully go above their expectations, and certainly above most the competition.

Serving southwest Wisconsin with a smile, our driver Jim is a valuable resource, getting to know all of our customers. Whether picking up the orders for vibratory finishing, ball burnishing, or blast, he hears firsthand what the requirements are, when parts are needed back on-site, and relays this information back to Jon in production. Our efficient, thorough, all-EFCO, start to finish process means a smoother, enhanced experience.  

Contact us today, or to schedule your next pickup, so we can prove to you we are “committed to the finish!”

EFCO Metal Finishing pickup & delivery truck

EFCO Finishing Attends Manufacturing First Expo

As Manufacturing Month continues in Wisconsin, EFCO Finishing has had the opportunity to attend numerous events across the state, re-energizing us as we start the final quarter of the year. “The Evolution of Leadership” was the topic presented by Mark King last Thursday up in Green Bay at the First Business Bank Manufacturing First Expo. Mark was raised in Green Bay and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Upon graduation in 1980, he joined TaylorMade, then a start up, and he was elevated to president in 1999 and CEO in 2003.  Under Mark’s leadership, they became the leading and most profitable company in the world.  In 2014, Mark was appointed President of adidas Group North America where he is in charge of all adidas and Reebok operations in the North American market.

Mark gave a very lively and entertaining talk on leadership.  Some of the highlights were as follows:

  1. If we continue to operate as we did in the past, it is going to be very difficult to be successful in the future.
  2. He asked what we are “aspiring” to be.  If we don’t aspire to be anything better than average, or just cut expenses, it will be difficult to achieve anything great.  You need to try to become the best. Write it down to achieve it, which he did at TaylorMade.  Behaviors have to change, as does mindset to achieve something great
  3. Disruption is part of today’s world, so who is going to disrupt your business? You or your competition?  Many leaders in today’s world are afraid or don’t know how to make decisions.  A great leader creates a positive environment and gets his people thinking about the future.

Some other takeaways include that employers have a responsibility to ask their employees to think, but then the employer has to listen!  Today’s really great employees are passionate, creative, and show initiative.  King also mentioned “speed” wins along with flexibility.  

Mark King & Terry Schultz at Manufacturing First Expo Green Bay

 

EFCO Metal Finishing Attends Manufacturing Expo Wisconsin

EFCO Finishing Polishes “Coolest Thing Made in WI” Trophy

EFCO Finishing was proud to partner with E. K. Machine Co. and polish the award presented Tuesday October 18 to Harley-Davidson for producing the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin”, a contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, to promote manufacturing in the state during the month of October, a month dedicated to bringing attention to the state’s  manufacturing industry.

E. K. Machine Company, Fall River, WI, one of our customers, produced the award for the inaugural event, and EFCO put the “finishing touches” on the piece, polishing it to a mirror bright finish, and making it a truly desirable piece for any company’s trophy case.

Mirror bright polishing is just one of many finishes applied by EFCO, and is the most time consuming, or labor intensive. It involves using a series of different belts on a lathe, starting with the most coarse, and progressively getting finer, putting the finishing touches on with a buff and color technique.  Other polishing options include matte or satin finishes, brush finishes, sanitary finishes, food grade polishing,  and more.  In addition to hand polishing, EFCO has the ability to apply brush, or directional,  finishes to flat pieces with their three machines manufactured by Timesaver.  These machines range in width from 12” to 52” in width.  A wide variety of different alloys are able to be run through, ranging from steel to aluminum to stainless steel, and more.

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