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V.E. Enterprises Inc. / HQ: Springer, Okla. / Sales: $41 million / Employees: 100+ Brian Barrett, vice president of sales: “We want to be a leader in the industry and a leader in innovation.” Storing Success v.e. enterprises is becoming more progressive as it produces tanks and trailers. by luke gillespie v.e. enterprises manufactures tanks and trailers for a variety of market segments. Innovation and diversification are essential for survival in today’s marketplace. A company’s capability to supply top-of-the-line products across multiple sectors increases its ability to achieve success. V.E. Enterprises Inc. manufactures tanks and trailers and has found staying power by servicing customers in a variety of industries with a continuously inventive range of products. Vice President of Sales Brian Barrett explains that many companies jumped into heavy metal manufacturing in the 2000s because of the rich oil and gas industry, but have left as the market decreased. 124 SUMMER 2010 “Most companies like us have a large portion of our business wrapped up in oil and gas drilling,” he says. “But if you look at the field today, there are far fewer players – the economic downturn thinned the weaker companies. We want to be a leader in the industry and a leader in innovation, and are producing products today knowing people are trying to stretch a dollar as far as they can.” In the past, when companies asked for an open top tank and a weir tank, two separate pieces of equipment had to be purchased. Now, V.E. Enterprises can build one tank that serves both purposes through its open top tank with removable weir walls. Customers can use the tank as a standard weir to hold solids, or pull out the weirs to use it as a pit tank to store liquids. “We are trying to provide the flexibility for customers to get two or three different applications out of one tank,” Barrett says. V.E. Enterprises makes vacuum trailers, liquid storage tanks, water transport-storage tanks and bobtail tanks, and the company also performs custom fabrication. Manufacturing the Web According to Barrett, V.E. Enterprises had very strong years in 2007 and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010