ITC Manufacturing: Leaders in Wire Mesh Decking

ITC Welcomes Entrepreneurial Summer Camp Students

This summer, ITC was proud to participate in an Entrepreneurial Summer Camp for kids in the local Phoenix area that allowed students to spend the day learning about the company and its products.  Attendees were able to participate in a variety of activities including tours of the factory and different departments, as well as a hosted lunch and a Q/A with founder, owner and chairman of the board Johnnie Caldwell.

Departments in the tour included shipping/receiving, sales, custom projects, operations and more.  ITC made the event fun and included a scavenger hunt and introduced students to concepts such as manufacturing, accounting and how ITC has grown from a powder coating company to the national manufacturer of wire mesh and fencing it is today.  Students had a change to meet key members of the ITC executive staff and get important insights that will help them grow their entrepreneurial spirit.

ITC Manufacturing Announces Mark Briden as New CEO and CFO

ITC Manufacturing is pleased to announce its new CEO and CFO, Mark Briden. Briden has resumed day-to-day leadership of the company.

“ITC is proud to announce Mark Briden as CEO and CFO,” said Arianne Berberian, COO. “Briden is a proven and experienced leader in manufacturing and we believe his track record will help strengthen and elevate ITC as we look to a future of innovation and leadership within the material handling and fencing industries.”

“I am honored and humbled to be ITC’s new CEO and CFO,” Briden said.  “I look forward to working with the ITC team to expand into new markets and deliver customized solutions tailored to our customer’s needs.”

Briden began his career as a young entrepreneur having formerly co-owned an e-commerce company growing it to annual revenues of $20M. His extensive business acumen further escalated as a financial and operational consultant focusing on financial restructuring and performance improvements, merger and acquisitions and held interim management positions of middle-market manufacturing and construction companies.

Briden has more than 15 years of finance and executive leadership experience, including serving as Interim CFO for ITC for the past year.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Illinois and holds a Bachelors’ Degrees of Science in Accountancy and Business Information Systems from Illinois State University.

Modern Materials Handling Feature: ITC highlights customized wire mesh solutions

ITC works with customers face-to-face to fully understand the end-user’s application and how the rack system will be utilized

CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS AT THE HEART OF ITC MANUFACTURING

 

CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS AT THE HEART OF ITC MANUFACTURING

 Application Engineering Team Gives End Users Power to Solve Problems

 

Atlanta, GA – (April 9, 2018) – MODEX 2018 – ITC Manufacturing, the premier manufacturer of wire mesh products for the material handling industry, is proud to offer fully custom solutions for racking manufacturers and end-users to ensure a streamlines warehousing process. Some of these custom pieces that have helped solve end-user challenges can be seen in the ITC Manufacturing booth B3269 this week at MODEX 2018.

“ITC’s core principle is to deliver exactly what is needed to solve a problem in the warehouse environment.  We work with our customers face-to-face to fully understand the end-user’s application and how the rack system will be utilized,” said Tyler Leintz, Director of Sales at ITC Manufacturing.  “From there, ITC’s team of designers engineer a solution based on the application and overall needs of the customer to deliver a solution that solves a problem and enables the end-user to maximize their investment.”

The fact is that not all solutions can use a standard wire rack. A few examples of loads that require additional engineering that ITC has found solutions for include:

Line Load

When a customer approaches ITC on a project, the company devotes a great amount of time gathering information and conducting site visits if necessary, to determine exactly what will be stored in the racking system and what the need entails to ensure the best solution.  Working together on each project and ensuring customer satisfaction is what makes ITC a true partner with customers.

ITC Manufacturing is a leader in the material handling industry providing wire mesh products to support the world’s shipping and warehousing network.  With plant locations in Phoenix, Arizona and Columbus, Ohio, ITC Manufacturing continues to invest in new technology and operates the most automated wire mesh welding plants in the United States serving all of North America, Mexico and Canada.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL COATINGS (“ITC”)

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, International Technical Coatings (www.itcmfg.com) is the premier manufacturer of wire mesh products for the material handling and storage products industries.  As one of the largest wire and steel fabricators in the United States, ITC manufactures a wide range of wire product including heavy and light duty wire mesh decking, dividers and flue spacers, gridwall/slatwall, POP displays, industrial and specialty drawn wire, custom wire and steel products, mine mesh, re-enforcing mesh, security fencing and roll formed products.  In addition, ITC offers value-added services such as product design and engineering to meet the needs of distributors, mass merchants, retailers, archive storage providers, OEM’s and third-party logistics providers. 

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ITC MANUFACTURING HONORS HEROES

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ITC MANUFACTURING HONORS HEROES

ITC Military Vets Are Recognized For Their Service During the Thanksgiving Season

Phoenix, Arizona – (Nov. 22, 2017) – International Technical Coatings (ITC Manufacturing), the premier manufacturer of wire mesh products for material handling and fencing today expresses its wealth of gratitude to its heroes who have served and currently serve in the United States Military. Throughout the month of November, ITC Manufacturing employees have been recognized for their accomplishments, experiences and time served in the different branches of the United States Military including the Army, Marines and Navy.

Top row, from left to right: Ron Coleman, Joe Grafe, Michael Hernandez, Ray Ray Limbrick, Ron Petty. Bottom row, from left to right: James Walker, Terri Wiggins, George Williams, Tony Winkler.

“We are honored and proud to be part of such a great country and want nothing more than to give thanks to all of the men and women who serve to protect our freedoms every day, especially our ITC Heroes,” said CEO Faruk Gole. “With the spirit of Thanksgiving in the air, we are not only grateful for our Veterans but for all of our employees. Their commitment, hard work and dedication to ITC define our company culture and we are truly grateful for them.”

United States Army

Ronald Coleman, Production Coordinator in Columbus served in the U.S. Army from 1987 through 1989 as an Infantry Scout in the U.S. Army.

“One of the things I like most about ITC is the company recognizes employees who go above and beyond expectations with different types of incentives,” said Coleman. “ITC feels more like a family environment rather than a work environment.”

In addition, Chuck Forsha was recognized for his service from 1973 through 1975 and 1983 through 1989.

United States Marines

In Phoenix, both Michael Hernandez, Production Control Specialist and James Walker, Tooling Engineer were recognized for their service in the U.S. Marines. Hernandez worked as Intel and served five combat operations as a Sergeant. Walker worked as a 0311 Infantry Rifleman and served on a combat deployment in Iraq and a tour around Southeast Asia. As a Maintenance Lead, Tony Winkler served a six-year tour where he was stationed at several different bases in the United States and abroad. In addition, Ray Ray Limbrick was recognized for his service from 2001 through 2006.

“I quite literally owe the life I enjoy today to ITC as I came to Phoenix from California with absolutely nothing,” said Winkler. “Everything I have today started with Johnnie’s handshake and Beth’s ‘welcome aboard.’ I am eternally grateful for both.”

United States Navy

George Williams, Inventory/Shipping Coordinator at ITC’s Columbus plant served four years, including one tour in the Mediterranean as an Equipment Operator (E-O). Terri Wiggins, Shipping Manager in Phoenix served one tour of duty. In addition, Eric Smith was recognized for his service from 2007 through 2011.

“ITC has helped me expand in many areas throughout the company. I love its diversity and sense of family,” said Wiggins.

Other ITC heroes recognized during the month of November were Ron Petty and Joe Grafe for their service in the Army National Guard.

Recently, ITC Manufacturing distributed more than 200 frozen turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday to all its employees in both Phoenix and Columbus as a way to say thank you. This event happens annually and is one of ITC’s favorite traditions.

ITC Manufacturing has been committed to hiring veterans and reservist members for a number of years and is part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Connect with ITC Manufacturing on Twitter @Itcmanuf, on Facebook, and on LinkedIn. For more information on ITC’s Heroes, visit ITC’s blog here: https://itcmfg.com/blog

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ITC Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2017

Phoenix and Columbus Plants Tout Manufacturing in the USA

Phoenix, Arizona – (Oct. 3, 2017) – International Technical Coatings (ITC), the premier manufacturer of wire mesh products for material handling and fencing, today announced its participation in this week’s Manufacturing Day, taking place on Friday, October 6. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers here in the U.S. As a result, ITC will be celebrating in each of its two plants based in Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.

“ITC is proud to be an American manufacturer with two plants serving our customers across the U.S., and our involvement in Manufacturing Day is a celebration of those efforts,” said CEO Faruk Gole. “We have made some terrific achievements this year including the expansion of our management team, focusing on plant safety and a concerted effort to provide jobs at ITC for our veterans. We are honored to participate in this year’s Manufacturing Day in both our plant locations.”

ITC is a leader in the material handling industry where it provides its wire mesh products to support the world’s shipping and warehousing network. It has added capabilities to create wire fencing for schools, municipalities and even the Cubs’ spring training facility. The company is increasing its efforts with more incentives for its employees and making ITC a good and safe place to work. This is especially important in a time where many U.S. based manufacturers are shipping overseas.

Earlier this year, ITC announced its averaged double-digit growth over the last decade by investing in new technology and its state of the art facility in Columbus, Ohio, where the company has hired more than 100 employees to support manufacturing demands in the Midwest. ITC now operates as the most automated wire mesh welding plant in the United States and is the forerunner in applying technology-enhanced equipment for these industries, and has reach to serve all of North America.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL COATINGS (“ITC”)
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, International Technical Coatings (www.itcmfg.com) is the premier manufacturer of wire mesh products for the material handling and storage products industries. As one of the largest wire and steel fabricators in the United States, ITC manufactures a wide range of wire product including heavy and light duty wire mesh decking, dividers and flue spacers, gridwall/slatwall, POP displays, industrial and specialty drawn wire, custom wire and steel products, mine mesh, re-enforcing mesh, security fencing and roll formed products. In addition, ITC offers value-added services such as product design and engineering to meet the needs of distributors, mass merchants, retailers, archive storage providers, OEM’s and third-party logistics providers.

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Women of Influence Feature

MEET ARIANNE SPROAT, A WOMAN WHO WORKED HER WAY UP FROM RECEPTIONIST TO COO IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY 

At age 37, AriAnne Sproat proudly wears the label of trailblazer for women in business and, in particular, the manufacturing industry. As COO of ITC Manufacturing in Phoenix, one of the world’s leading supplier of steel products, she has spent the last 18 years as a role model, demonstrating to the company founders and all employees that there is no task she can’t handle – and handle successfully. At just 19, she started her career as a receptionist. After 18 years and a college degree earned in night school, she is now COO.

My first job ever was… As a waitress. I only dropped one tray.

I decided to enter my industry because… It was a fluke. I was hired as a receptionist and fell in love with the company. I guess you could say the industry chose me!

Being a woman in a male-dominated industry is… Challenging at times but overall very comfortable for me. I grew up with three brothers so I have never been afraid to speak my mind.

My proudest accomplishment is… My son. Being promoted to COO of my company is second.

My boldest move to date was… Continuing to work while pregnant and on bed rest for 4 months, 1 month of it from the hospital.

I surprise people when I tell them… That I work in the steel industry.

My best advice to people starting their career is… Do the work that others won’t. Jumping in and helping out even if it isn’t “your” job is how you learn other aspects of an organization.

My best advice from a mentor was… The true measure of a leader is the people they inspire.

My biggest setback was… When my organization had to make the strategic decision to file bankruptcy.

I overcame it by… Staying positive and looking at it as a learning experience.

Work/life balance is… Hard, especially for moms. I deal with a lot of “mom guilt” but I know I am best as a parent when I feel happy and fulfilled and my career does that for me.

If you googled me, you still wouldn’t know… That I have a twin brother.

I stay inspired by… Other women. I am proud to share what I have learned with other women and help build up other women.

The future excites me because… I see how bright it is.

My next step is… Continue to learn and grow within my role and help others within the organization learn and grow as well.

 

*Full official article here: http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2017/08/25/meet-arianne-sproat-a-woman-who-worked-her-way-up-from-customer-service-to-coo-in-the-manufacturing-industry/#.WaQ3-z597IU

How One Major Steel Company Is Pumping New Life into a City’s Economy

It is ironic in today’s modern industrial world that a steel company is actually helping to revive an entire region previously ravaged by unemployment and economic decay.  But that is exactly what is happening in Columbus, Ohio, after International Technical Coatings (ITC), a manufacturer of wire mesh products based in Phoenix, decided to expand its operations eastward.

ITC’s Focus on Quality Control Increases Performance, Reduces Waste and Saves Jobs

ITC’s Focus on Quality Control Increases Performance, Reduces Waste and Saves Jobs

Phoenix, Arizona – June 12, 2017 – International Technical Coatings (ITC) expands its quality control process to increase performance and reduce waste in its manufacturing plants in Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.  With a focus on improvements across its entire manufacturing process, ITC has retained jobs, eliminated unnecessary procedures and made the opinions and experience of their associates the central benchmark in this successful process. As a result, the company decreased manpower from three 8 hour shifts, M-F to two 10 hour shifts, M-Th, increased productivity by almost ten percent, and eliminated waste by 0.7 percent.

“In June 2015, ITC hired Cynthia Iwasaki, corporate quality assurance manager, to help us further understand where processes could be streamlined or improved to reduce scrap, empower the workforce and facilitate continuous improvements,” said Faruk Gole, president and CEO of ITC.  “With the direction of Mrs. Iwasaki and feedback from associates, ITC’s recently implemented quality program is structured, yet flexible to support evolving industry demands while adhering to recognized industry standards.”

Gole continued, “the key our program is to involve workforce feedback at each stage of development and implementation, which has resulted in an evolving positive culture change without the resistance that usually accompanies change in management programs. ITC has updated documentation and organized work stations, and has taken the time to ask associates what they like and what they don’t.”

In implementing this workforce empowerment concept, the changes have given associates a new sense of confidence in their work and pride in their work spaces. This program is working because the changes are not dictated; rather they are a collaborative effort.

For more information on ITC and its products, click here: https://itcmfg.com/products/.

To stay connected, follow ITC Manufacturing on LinkedIn and @ITCManuf on Twitter.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL COATINGS (“ITC”)

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, International Technical Coatings (www.itcmfg.com) is the premier manufacturer of wire mesh products for the material handling and storage products industries.  As one of the largest wire and steel fabricators in the United States, ITC manufactures a wide range of wire product including heavy and light duty wire mesh decking, dividers and flue spacers, gridwall/slatwall, POP displays, industrial and specialty drawn wire, custom wire and steel products, mine mesh, re-enforcing mesh, security fencing and roll formed products.  In addition, ITC offers value-added services such as product design and engineering to meet the needs of distributors, mass merchants, retailers, archive storage providers, OEM’s and third-party logistics providers.

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