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Design Ready Controls
www.designreadycontrols.com / HQ: Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Employees: 300 /
Troy Schmidtke, president "We have great people and a great culture for great manufacturing."

Midwest

Blending Generations

design ready controls grows every year by recruiting talented engineers to
leverage automation on the manufacturing floor. by stephanie crets

control panel solutions are
made even easier with design
ready control's ape software
that automates the eto process.

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As the premier supplier of control
panel solutions for OEMs since 1989,
Design Ready Controls (DRC) is constantly growing and innovating. The
company has grown more than 25 percent every year since 2003, when President Troy Schmidtke took over. Back
then, the company was a small family
run operation with just a few employees, according to Schmidtke. But once
DRC won its first large OEM customer, it was able to develop and leverage
its automation technology and grow
the engineering capabilities.
"That was a springboard to where
we are today," Schmidtke explains.
"We focused diligently on automation, operational excellence and
people - with the last being the most
important. We've done a lot of recruiting, engineering and training of our
people and really see that as a key differentiator in the marketplace. We've
found talent and leveraged it to its
fullest to be successful."
To stay in front of the ever-changing
industry, DRC invested in a new headquarters in Brooklyn Park, Minn., that
includes a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will be critical for further growth and recruitment.
"We chose the site very carefully in
terms of how it can help with demographics, bringing our group together
and how we can use it as a stage for best
practices," Schmidtke explains. "Most
of our growth has been organic, so
we've been investing in sales diversification. Our traditional market strength
has been in HVAC, but we're expanding to other markets, like oil and gas.


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