Wirefab, Inc., a leading manufacturer in metal-based products for restaurant equipment manufacturers, bakery, OEM and display industries, recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary as a Worcester, Massachusetts based wire forming company.
Wirefab celebrated the anniversary in a recent company outing at Foxwoods Resort & Casino. James Samsel, President of Wirefab, presided over a night of celebration, food, entertaining stories and acknowledgments attended by Wirefab employees and their spouses along with many members of the founding Zakarian family.
Samsel gave an overview of Wirefab’s humble beginnings when Asbed “Ozzie” Zakarian started the company in 1955 in a small rented space of a second floor industrial building to its current site with 85,000 sq ft of manufacturing space.
Samsel shared his vision of Wirefab’s future, the importance of everyone’s individual contribution and the need to constantly reinvest to ensure a strong tomorrow. As part that future, Samsel highlighted the recent addition of a Trumpf Fiber Laser. “This not only gives us the ability to expand our partnerships with our existing clients, but allows us to penetrate new markets. Going forward we will be vigilant in our quest to combine our creativity, craftsmanship and talent with state of the art technology,” Samsel said
Promotions of three key personnel to the senior management team were announced including Denis McCann as Senior Vice President, Michael Murdock as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Jim Hall was named Vice President of Operations. “These gentlemen are the leadership team of the future”, Samsel noted.
Denis McCann was also cited for his nearly 46 years with Wirefab. “Beginning as a part-timer in 1969 to a full time position in 1971, Denis has done nearly every job at Wirefab. Day after day, year after year, he continues to serve as a leader and inspiration to us all,”
“Tonight was a celebration of many aspects of Wirefab. It is a celebration of what Mr. Zakarian started in 1955 and it’s a celebration of our success in spite of the economy’s ups and downs. But mostly, it was a celebration of the people who have made and continue to keep Wirefab alive, well and competitive,” Samsel said in concluding the Anniversary celebration.
Wirefab had a problem:
The local youths assumed that the back of Wirefab’s warehouse, as well as other buildings in the area, were giant canvases for their graffiti. The kids would “tag” the warehouse and Wirefab would paint over the artwork. This scenario repeated several times before Wirefab requested police intervention.
It was obvious by the tagging that multiple vandals were involved. The police questioned several neighborhood youths. Then, a single mother stepped forth with her 15-year-old son. The boy had admitted to some of the tagging and a very disappointed mom chose to take actions that would make sure this never happen again. She took him to each of the businesses he had artistically adorned, urging that he apologize and make restitution for his actions. Most of the affected companies required him to do some painting or pay a monetary fine. Two businesses pressed charges against the teenager. Wirefab however opted for something a little more out of the ordinary.
Wirefab president, Jim Samsel said, “After speaking at length with the mother and son I was convinced that these acts were not malicious but rather a frustrated attempt to express a natural aptitude and talent for art. I also learned of extraordinary family circumstances that make this lad’s life different than most. This and the fact that he was the only youth to come forward and admit his guilt convinced me that we should think outside of the box in dealing with this young man. Like so many problems that we confront in manufacturing every day, there is a root cause and a corrective action. I thought it was important to find a creative corrective action that would positively effect this young man’s journey through life.”
While the young man completed the obligatory repainting of the warehouse, Wirefab used some very creative thinking to put a positive spin on this corrective action. They decided to grant the boy a scholarship to the Worcester Art Museum School of Art there-by providing him the opportunity to express and expand his legitimate artistic skills in a more appropriate environment. Upon learning of Wirefab’s plan, the local District Attorney chose to drop the pending charges.
Now that’s a creative solution!
In spite of these difficult financial times, Wirefab continues to invest in their future with the addition of yet another brake press. The 88- ton, Amada RG-8024 will be Wirefab’s 19th hydraulic press and the 4th CNC programmable ram, hydraulic press in Wirefab’s panoply of wire forming equipment. Wirefab Continues to GrowWith more press options available, Wirefab improves their ability to turn jobs around quickly.
The up-acting Amada features an 8-foot bed and ram with backstop, a 98” maximum bend length and quick-change tooling. It offers the increased flexibility of multiple positioning, bending and angling. The Amada RG-8024’s 2-axis computer numerical control can handle up to 99 bends and its large pump provides extra speed for longer production runs.
Wirefab Inc. is a leading, custom manufacturer of wire, tube and sheet metal fabrication. Their capabilities encompass state-of-the-art technology to straighten, form, mig & tig weld, bead, coin, stamp, swage, punch, thread, drill and mill. Wirefab’s wire products include; bakeries, OEMs, commercial restaurants and retail businesses as well as the science, military, medical, electronics and computer industries.