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Anchor Fabrication
www.anchorfabrication.com / Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas / Employees: 350 /
Trey Thompson, president: "Our clients know we are reliable and ready."

South

Doing It All

anchor fabrication manufactures parts and components from raw materials
to finished, painted assemblies for a variety of industries. by russ gager

anchor's vertical integration
allows it to control many
processes in-house, from raw
materials to final assembly.

Company size doesn't matter
when it comes to quality. Anchor
Fabrication demonstrates that every
day by using the same engineering
and quality techniques employed by
larger companies. One of these techniques is the use of subject matter experts (SMEs).
"For every operation we support
here - beveled plasma-cutting, laser-cutting, milling, forming, machining, assembly, painting or welding
- we have an SME assigned to that responsibility," President Trey Thomp26

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son points out. "The SME is the expert
to make sure we are delivering good
product regardless of the area. We develop supervisors and train SMEs so
they are trained for excellence in their
particular area. In turn, they spend
time training all the operators how to
make good and consistent products.
Our clients really appreciate our subject matter expertise."
The use of SMEs is a technique that
Thompson has adapted from larger
OEMs. "You rarely see SMEs in our
size of business," he maintains. "The

SMEs are out there on the floor managing the process, ensuring we're
making good products, continuous
improvement and making sure their
area is the best it can be."
Anchor is vertically integrated,
starting with the raw materials. The
company cuts and forms parts and
components before welding and
painting them prior to final assembly. "We continue to hear from our
clients that it is a rarity to be able to
control all these processes in-house,"
Thompson says.


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