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Anchor Fabrication

Diversified Portfolio
Family owned and managed Anchor Fabrication serves a
variety of industries. "We think it's critical to maintain
a diversified portfolio," Thompson emphasizes. Anchor
Fabrication serves the oil, gas, defense, construction,
over-the-road, material-handling, aerospace, agricultural and rail industries. It fabricates parts out of steel,
aluminum, stainless steel and even Kevlar from 16-gauge
to 2 inches in thickness in its 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Approximately 90 percent of its work is
for domestic companies.
Anchor Fabrication plans to add 224,000 square feet
to its manufacturing space by the second quarter of
next year.
"This will give us the ability to handle larger-profile
work, to increase welding capacity and to offer greater
and more complex assembly," Thompson promises.
"Our clients continue to ask for larger and more complex scopes of work," Thompson reports. "We will be
able to handle larger welded assemblies our customers
need in several of the industries we serve. Companies in
the construction industry have typically larger and thicker components that we don't have space to do in our current footprint. On top of that, this space is full. So for us
to accept any additional work, we need to be able to add
more square footage."

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shine, standardize and sustain. Thompson attributes the
success of the company to its employees. "Our group
of people here are just second to none," he insists. "It's
an old phrase, but people always buy from people, and
you're only as good as your capabilities to deliver on what
you promise. We approach our clients as a team, and our
operations and sales teams believe in what they're doing
and are passionate about it.
"When a client calls, we're ready to support them,
and we have a team that will rally around their project,"
Thompson says. "Our clients know we are reliable and
ready. Over the last 18 months, we have launched a new
product-introduction process. When we have a new
product, part or welded assembly, the team is dedicated
to making sure it launches successfully before we put it
into production runs. That's a significant strength - our
clients have gained confidence in our ability to take on
a new project. We focus on reliability, because we know
if we are reliable, our clients will continue to want to do
business with us and add more business." mt

More Equipment
Among the additions to Anchor Fabrication's equipment are two profile-type pieces of equipment that can
machine weld assemblies up to 3,500 pounds in weight
as well as tool lathes. "We needed the abilty to lathe and
have milling capability on the same platform, so we've
added a large profile live tool lathe," Thompson notes.
"We've also added heavier turning fixtures with the ability to rotate 10,000-pound weldments."
In the plasma department, Anchor Fabrication has
added high-definition plasma units with beveling capability. For forming, the company has 10 press brakes that
are programmed offline by their SMEs.
"It gives them the ability to have a program that is
consistent," Thompson explains. "It doesn't matter
what machine it is delivered to - it will provide a consistent part when they switch from one job to the next. It's
very easy to pull up the next job and get an accurate first
part quickly."
Anchor Fabrication prides itself on its dedication to the
5S methodology of lean manufacturing - sort, straighten,
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