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American Precision Fabricators / HQ: Fort Smith, Ark. / Annual sales: $4 million / Employees: 40 / Services: Sheet metal fabrication / Andrew Galbach, president: “My advice would be to never stop.” Persistence pays off a metal fabricator hopes to expand its business with a new venture building livestock feeders. by jim harris Andrew Galbach knows his way around both the boardroom and manufacturing floor. The American Precision Fabricators president, founder and owner started his career in manufacturing as a machine operator in 1989 before deciding to break out on his own. He founded American Precision Fabricators in 1996 and, for the first six months, was its sole employee. After several expansions, the company ultimately opened its current 68,000-square-foot plant more than five years ago. The company manufactures refrigerator doors, trash compactor front panels, air conditioning component parts and other products for clients including Whirlpool, Carrier, Trane, Johnson Controls, and Baldor Corporation, Galbach says. American Precision Fabricators also helped develop a heat pump water heater for Rheem manufacturing that is new to the market and sold in Home Depot locations nationwide. “I guess what separates us is our people and our ability to work with customers and communicate with them as to what they really need,” Galbach says. “I came from the shop floor and I know what can really be done to take care of our customers’ needs,” he adds. “One day I’m working with a local plant manager, purchasing manager, or engineer, the next I’m out there on the shop floor or out on the line helping solve problems.” Galbach says he has a talented staff willing to go the extra mile for their customers. They use e-mail, texting american precision fabricators provides services for some big-name clients. 46 SUMMER 2010

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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