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Wrigley Mechanical Inc.

Midwest

ier industrial work, such as piping for gas or oil, processing or
high-pressure steam.
A current project involves fabricating and welding the piping
for the scrubber pollution-control system of a $500 million, 500megawatt power plant in Big Stone, S.D. "The things we make are
pretty unique projects," Wrigley says.
Founded in 1978 by Wrigley's father, Howard Wrigley, who is
CEO, Wrigley Mechanical over time evolved a new business
model. "We decided we just didn't want to be a typical mechanical contractor," Wrigley recalls. "So in 1992, we built this new
facility and started fabrication, where we didn't used to do that.
We did everything on-site, but due to the worker shortage in the
trades, we found that we had to get leaner and meaner by fabricating in a controlled environment. Now we have better quality
control and more supervision on what we are building. That has
led to bigger and better things."

Material Control
Wrigley Mechanical tries to fabricate up to 80 percent of a project in its shop. "We run every single thing through here that we
can material-wise, because it lets us bring it in and verify that we
received the material," Wrigley notes. "If it's all welded together, nobody on the job site will steal it from you."
The main materials used on its projects are stainless and carbon steel, along with copper, aluminum, molybdenum, high
chrome and some specialty materials. The company invites its
regular vendors to bid on materials.
"They ship it in here in bulk truckloads," Wrigley says. "It's
all bundled up and banded depending on the order and how big
a shipment it is. Our own inventory that we carry here is for
doing shutdown or service work, emergency-type work or leftover product. But other than that, we don't do a lot of steady
inventory for jobs, because we don't know what size pipe they
are going to need."

Manufacturing Processes
The major manufacturing processes performed at Wrigley
Mechanical include welding, torch cutting and bending pipe,
punching, sawing and hand plasma. Equipment includes welding machines and welding positioners, but not much automated equipment because each job is unique. Laser-cutting and
roll-forming metal and operations involving large tanks usually are outsourced.
The company also does emergency service work using
portable boxes of equipment that can be loaded onto the back of
a truck and driven to the jobsite. "We can usually get things up
and running a lot quicker than companies that don't have a fabrication shop," Wrigley maintains.
Wrigley plans to continue working with the oil and gas and
other industries on projects nationwide. "If they're specialtytype things that not a lot of people do, that's what we look for,"
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