EFCO Finishing’s Next Generation?

This past summer, EFCO Finishing got a glimpse of what may lie ahead for the future as members of the fourth generation worked at the company assisting with different jobs and tasks.

Matthew Schultz and Ryan Budgins, sons of owners Terry Schultz and Mike Budgins, worked in the shop assisting with a variety of different functions ranging from production to maintenance.  Kayla Budgins, daughter of Mike, assisted in the office, with data entry and other tasks.

While it is premature to project if any one of them will eventually work at or become owners of EFCO, they are all gaining valuable experience and learning what the company is all about.  Learning it from the ground up, something Don Schultz, my grandfather and company founder, truly believed in. In fact, all owners of EFCO, including the second generation, worked out in the shop learning the business and all of the processes at one time.

“System, planning, and organization” was a saying of Don Schultz, and was his belief on how the company should be run.  Having these members of the fourth generation here seeing first hand how the business is run hopefully proves to be a valuable lesson both for them and the company.  And hopefully extends EFCO’s legacy well into the future. EFCO is a proud member of the Family Business Legacy Institute, or the FBLI, which focusing on all aspects of family run businesses, and we’re grateful to have access to that community!

Matthew Schultz and Ryan Budgins, sons of owners Terry Schultz and Mike Budgins, worked in the shop assisting with a variety of different functions ranging from production to maintenance.

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

Terry’s Top Three Business & Mindset Books

Spring break is a great time to relax, recharge your batteries, and catch up on some reading. Three great business books that I highly recommend for your time on the beach include the the following classics: Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Good to Great, by Jim Collins, and High Performance Habits, by Brendon Burchard.  Below is a brief summary of each.

In Mindset, Carol Dweck explains that it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success – but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset.  With the right mindset, we can reach our goals, both personal and professional. She reveals what all great parents, CEOs and athletes already know, and shows how an idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in all areas.

Good to Great author Jim Collins profiles several companies and identifies some key characteristics that propelled them from “good to great”.  These include having a great leader, mixing a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, thinking differently about the role of technology, and the hedgehog concept, meaning the great companies know one big thing and stick to it.  Some of the success stories include Walgreen’s, Wells Fargo, and Philip Morris to name a few.

High Performance Habits tells how extraordinary people became that way.  Brendon Burchard is the world’s leading high performance coach and he uncovered 6 habits that high performers have.  For personal habits, they seek clarity, generate energy, and raise necessity. For social habits, they increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.  Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, special things happen in their lives, relationships and careers.

Picking any of these books, you won’t be disappointed, and you will learn a ton in the process. Plus I think you’ll really enjoy them. Happy reading!!

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.

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!

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