In 1928, R.L. Van Meter and R.W. Lemley founded Van Meter in a 3,200 square foot facility. On January 1, 2005, Van Meter became 100 percent employee-owned. Since then, Van Meter has expanded to 14 facilities and 400 employee-owners, within the state of Iowa.
One of Van Meter's suppliers is Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures. For more than 60 years, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures has used its extensive experience with innovative engineering and manufacturing to solve unique requirements within a range of fiberglass electrical enclosure applications.
An uncommon synergy has developed between Van Meter and Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures over the past ten years. There are seven core business values both companies share—forming an alliance that successfully overcomes unique challenges:
1. A desire to grow separate businesses.
2. The desire to grow together.
3. Not accepting excuses that the economy is bad, or other reasons to fail. Employees in both companies are expected to roll up their sleeves and work hard, regardless of market conditions or other reasons.
4. Employees must be treated like family members.
5. Invest money to make money.
6. Always hire the right people.
7. Work together to tackle tough challenges.
“Our customers appreciate the fact that Stahlin manufactures the raw material for its enclosures, because no other company currently does so,” stated Scott Thompson, Product Manager, Customized Solutions, Van Meter. “Manufacturing the raw material ensures a consistent quality, allowing for customization that will satisfy customer requests concerning color, UV protection, and other additives. Plus, manufacturing the material guarantees that quality is built into every enclosure. These qualities, along with our shared joint core values, enabled both teams to overcome challenges for Van Meter’s customers. One recent challenge we were able to overcome, due to our synergy, was Cemen-Tech.”
Cemen-Tech is the world's largest manufacturer of volumetric proportioning & continuous mixing systems. Cemen-Tech had a requirement for a custom enclosure that no other enclosure company felt comfortable building, due to its unique sizing requirement. Van Meter, Stahlin, and the engineering department at Cemen-Tech were able to work together to develop a unique solution. The end result was a custom enclosure – cut in half and glued back together again to produce a product that remains water tight when submerged.
“When challenging projects like this come along, you really discover if your vendor partners are real partners or not, ” stated Jeff Seagle, President Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures. “Every partner can verbally tell you they are willing to go the extra mile, yet, not every partner can or does. We developed a real synergy with Van Meter and were able to come up with a viable non-metallic enclosure solution for this special Cemen-Tech project.”
Stahlin is the leader and pioneer of fiberglass enclosures, providing state-of-the-art electrical enclosures made from non-metal material suitable for outdoor and indoor industrial use. All types of electrical junction boxes and enclosures are manufactured with the highest attention paid to detail. In addition, Stahlin offers one of the largest ranges of product sizes and enclosure options. With a commitment to quality and performance, Stahlin has engineered and manufactured innovative, reliable, enclosures since the 1940’s.
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