Welcome to our January 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to 2016, the year we celebrate our 27th year in business. As we enter the New Year, we take pause once again to acknowledge the faithfulness of our God in preserving us as a business. We recognize that we are only instruments in His hand and that Speed Wrench is only a small part of His Greater Purpose. Knowing what that purpose is, we must daily seek the will of the Almighty to give us direction. We pray for the wisdom to follow where He leads.
We are now settled in after our building expansion last year and have been focused on fine tuning business. We are constantly asking you, our customers, “Where can we improve?” Your feedback is greatly appreciated and is used to bring forward the best products and services possible. Thank you for your continued patronage.
Our project this year is a total upgrade to our point of sale software. In the past four months we have been researching software for the entire company. We have outgrown our old system both in size and diversity and need to upgrade to stay up with ever changing technologies and business opportunities. We are finishing up the vetting process and hope to begin changing things over starting this month. To keep from disrupting daily business, we have decided to phase this program in over the next 6-8 months. We will bring you an update in our July Newsletter.
Thank you & have a blessed New Year,
~ The Management
Nancy Swatt-Since Nancy became an employee of All Phase as an administrative
assistant, her life has been a constant whirlwind of change. In just two months, she not only started her position with us, but also moved from
Traverse City and got married! In her spare time, Nancy enjoys camping and reading, as well as spending time with her 5 children.
Richard W. King – Richard joined our manufacturing division by a recommendation from his father, Richard F. King, who works as a Cylinder Technician in our repair division. Rich Jr. takes part in the areas of assembling, painting and packaging newly manufactured cylinders.
In The Shop
The picture below is of a custom built
power unit we designed and assembled
for the customer. We then went to the
customer’s location and installed the
unit, replacing the lines of the system
“The Cylinder Manufacturing division continues to
grow. We are shipping more and more units on a
monthly basis and continue to develop new, loyal
customers. We expect to take on much more
business in 2016!” – Steve Gaffin, VP of Cylinder Manufacturing
Welcome To Our July 2015 Newsletter
2015 is half way over and it seems like we just got started. There is always a lot of excitement happening at Speed Wrench and the first half of this year was no exception. The one good thing is that we have our building projects behind us (for now) and we are concentrating on the business of doing business. Some areas that we have been focusing our attention this year:
1. Detroit – Probably the best and fastest growing business climate we have experienced in a long time. Brings back memories of Grand Rapids area in the 90’s, when housing was growing at breakneck speed. Currently, we have 4 resident technicians and a full-time salesman from our Speed-Tech division working that area.
2. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek – We currently have a resident technician from our truck divisions in this area full-time to service our customer base there, and are looking for additional help within 6 months.
3. Traverse City – Two resident technicians with assistance from GR-based technicians, also in the
Speed-Tech division. Business opportunities:
1. Our crane repair business has been growing steadily since we split that off into a separate division
2 years ago, and currently we have 4 service technicians focused in this area. We have had preliminary discussions of additional building space to accommodate this area of growth and have purchased property next to the Speed Wrench campus in anticipation of future growth needs.
2. We have experienced continued growth in our Body Shop division. Currently we have 5 technicians working this area and are hoping to add 1 additional employee this summer.
3. We have applied and been granted our dealers license to buy and sell used trucks. We hope to use the license primarily to assist our customers with their specific truck purchase needs.
As you can see, we at Speedwrench have been busy looking for and improving on areas in which we can enhance our customers service experience in a positive way, and help them in any way we can to reach their business demands and goals.newsletter-july-2015-online-copy
~ The Management
All Phase has continued to experience growth in both of our divisions. In order to keep up with the growth there have been a few changes. We have added two new pieces of equipment, a third pick up and delivery vehicle, as well as some new faces:
Josh Miner – Josh wears many hats helping in most areas of the operation including machining, welding, assembly, painting and packaging
Rich Ponstein – Rich joined our team this past winter. He is driving our third pick up and delivery truck.
Janelle Walma – Janelle joined our team this past May as our new Administrative Assistant.
Adrian Marcano-Kruz – Adrian came to us with hydraulic cylinder manufacturing experience and fills many roles including assembly, painting and packaging. Adrian is also instrumental in helping keep our inventory organized.
Bryan Martinez – Bryan came to us with hydraulic cylinder manufacturing experience and is a full time machine operator for us.
We have added a new
Fryer 6’’ CNC lathe to
help speed up the turnaround
for the cylinder
We also added a new
HAAS VF 3YT
machining center to
our operation. This
machine expands our
fabrication speeds on
Welcome to Our January 2015 Newsletter
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
As we move into the year 2015, we stop and look back on 25 years of God’s faithfulness in preserving us as a company. Many things could be said about how we got to this point, but none of that matters unless the Lord is with us. As we look forward to the new year, we ask Him to continue to lead and guide us in this Kingdom work that He has entrusted to us.
Lots of new things happening again this year! Here are some of the highlights:
1. All Phase Hydraulics finished their move into the new 20,000 square foot addition and are settling in nicely.
2. The Body shop division continues to expand their areas of expertise and broaden their horizons on work that they can perform.
3. Speed-Tech Equipment has been searching for a new technician to add to the Detroit branch as we continue to build a customer base in that area.
Again, we encourage you, our customers, to give us feedback on the work we are performing for you and what you would like to see from us. To those of you who have already made suggestions or commented on our work, thank you!
~ The Management
2014 has been an exciting year for All Phase! Some of the highlights were:
1) Settling into our new building.
2) Putting our new pump test stand in operation.
3) Ordered another lathe, which we are hoping to see come February 2015!
4) Added multiple new team members!
Kristal Boorsma – Administrative assistant
Austin VanDyke – Cylinder technician
Travis Healey – Cylinder technician
Brent Visser – Cylinder technician
Tim Key – Pump/motor technician
Aron Wheel – Parts manager
5) Built additional space to keep up with the growth of the manufacturing division.
With these changes in place, we are excited to see what 2015 has to bring and look forward to better
servicing our customers!
For the past year, All Phase’s manufacturing division and the repair division have been sharing the space in the facility that opened last fall. Earlier this year it became apparent that both divisions needed more space to allow for growth, so plans were put into action to double our existing square footage in order to facilitate these needs.
This past November, the cylinder manufacturing division inhabited the newly completed addition of our building and are now in a great position to increase our efficiency and take on more business
New shop for manufacturing division before all the equipment was set up.
New shop after it was set up and running for the manufacturing division.
Welcome to Our January 2014 Newsletter
We want to share our excitement with all of you as we go through the moving process and get ready for business. Our new location offers some great options as far as space and functionality goes. What more can we say except THANK YOU to all of our faithful customers; to all of those who have been with us from the very beginning and to all of those who have joined us along the way – we are so thankful to the various support we have received throughout the previous years and we hope to continue to provide the service you have come to expect from Speed Wrench for the next 25 years!
~ The Management
If you are looking for a reliable company to service your hydraulics or help manufacture something new for your business, contact us today. Our Speed Wrench and All Phase team is happy to help you in any way that we can. You can contact us via our Contact Form right here on our website, or feel free to give us a call at 616-669-3975.
Moving In & Ready For Business
Welcome to Our July 2013 Newsletter
As we approach the half way mark of 2013, there have already been a lot of changes since our January newsletter. We can confirm we have contracted with Lamar Construction to build our new facility on the lot just South of our current location. This building will be dedicated to our All Phase Hydraulics division. They have experienced tremendous growth, as have all the other divisions, and we have simply run out of space in our building and the parking lot. This new building should relieve some of that congestion. We hope to have the building up and operating by January so when the busy spring season begins in 2014, we will be ready to service the needs of you, our customers, even BETTER. Feel free to stop in or drive by and watch as we progress through this building project. Just as we are interested in your business, we appreciate your interest in ours, and welcome any suggestions or ideas for improvement. Thank you!
~ The Management
Welcome To The Team
In the past few months our division has continued to stay busy, and the work continues to come in. In order to continue keeping up with demand, we are continuing
to hire. Jason Bertsch has been hired to help us out in the shop, cleaning and assisting the other shop technicians. Also, Mike Nind has come on board to help assist in quoting the repair work as it comes in.
William Michael Nind – Born and raised in the little town of Free Soil, MI, Mike comes to us with over 15 years of experience in remanufacturing hydraulic components. He spent the last 6 of those years as a shop foreman for Abbot Hydraulics where he managed the technicians, and scheduled and quoted work. In his free time he enjoys to go out in the woods to hunt, fish, camp and ride ATVs. We were thrilled to have Mike join our team this past May.
Jason Bertsch – We at All Phase would like to introduce one of our newest employees, Jason Bertsch. Jason is married to Tarah and they have three children. Upon hearing about the job at All Phase, Jason decided to leave his job of driving truck. When he is not at work, he spends his time fishing and hunting.
Welcome to the team Jason!
The guys working hard in the shop!
Welcome to Our January 2013 Newsletter
After a year of political rancor in Washington, we now know who our President is for the next four years. We rest contently in the fact that the Lord is in control of all things, and ask you to pray for our President and elected officials, while they serve, to carry out their callings leading our country in a right and proper way.
* Speed Wrench, as well as many other businesses, has cautious concern about the dealings in Washington and how the “fiscal cliff”, taxes and our country’s deficit will affect our businesses. However, this has not stopped us from continued expansion and pursuit of new opportunities. * Even as we pray for our elected officials to lead this country, so we pray the Lord will use us to lead this company in the New Year of 2013.
~ The Management
Theodore Belliel – Technician: Over the past six months, there has been some changes made to our division. Due to growing demand in our pump department, we shifted Mitch
from our cylinder department to the pump department. On October 8, we hired Ted Belliel to replace Mitch in the cylinder department. Ted was previously employed at J&R Auto for three years working in the parts department and in yard. Ted has been married to his wife Sharon for 22 years and they currently reside in the Sand Lake area. In his spare time, Ted likes to go hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Welcome Ted!
In effort to keep our equipment up to date, we have replaced our tired shop press with a new 100 ton press!
Welcome to Our July 2012 Newsletter
Welcome to our biannual edition of “The Wrench”. Time sure flies! It’s hard to believe already half the year of 2012 has passed us by! There has been a LOT of activity
since the first of January. Here is a brief summary of some activities in the last six months:
* Our ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) was finalized.
* We purchased additional property just south of our current facility for future expansion.
* We are renting additional space at Hudsonville storage for our expanding truck dock business.
* We have expanded our areas of business into Detroit and Toledo, OH for our Compactor and Truck Divisions.
* Since January 1 we have hired 10 additional employees! As you see, there has been a lot of exciting things happening at Speed Wrench
and, Lord willing, many more to come!
~ The Management
Welcome Steve, Welcome Back Gary!
All Phase Hydraulics would like to welcome back Gary Sluis after being absent from us for seven months. He is now back and working at his lathe, turning parts as if he had never left! Glad to have you back Gary!
We are also welcoming new team member Steve!
Welcome to Our January 2012 Newsletter
Welcome to 2012 and the st art of our 23rd year in business. The Lord is good and we are humbled that He would use us as instruments in His hands to carry out His purpose. Thanks be to Him!
We often hear the comment “Where have all the years gone?” Some of us here at SpeedWrench found ourselves asking this question a lot the past year. Up until now we did not spend much time dwelling on it, we were busy “doing business” as they say. There were always new opportunities, the day to day tasks of taking care of our customers, and providing employment for our people. None of that has changed and still time continues to march on bringing the natural changes in life.
In the fall of 2010 we began to explore business succession options. By early 2011 it was becoming clear that ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) was the only acceptable option for us. We felt that our employees were the ones who helped build up the company to what it is today, and they were not only deserving of this consideration but also the ONLY ones who would carry on the business culture and customer service goals you have come to expect. With this in mind we implemented the ESOP plan and are proud to announce that we are officially an Employee Owned Company!
Our prayer is that the Lord will prosper this endeavor for His Glory. ~ The Management
New Team Members!
The last half of the year continued where the first half left off – Busy! With this demand continuing, we had to make some changes around the Hydraulic shop. In September we hired two additions to our staff, Bart Boorsma and Nathan Bergs. Bart works on a cylinder bench and Nathan is the helping hand around the shop, keeping it clean for a safe working environment. And then again in December we added two new employees to our team, Mike Gromko and Mitch Nozkowski. Mike works in the machining department and Mitch works on a cylinder bench. Welcome all four of you to the Team!
Welcome to Our July 2011 Newsletter
You can view the full newsletter at the bottom of the page via pdf link.
We welcome back to All Phase, Jeff Truax!! Jeff was an employee back when All Phase was in Marne, MI. Due to a slow economy Jeff took a job at AIS Engine where he worked in the pump shop for 10 years. From there he moved on to North Carolina where he worked for 2 years at a Cat dealer in their pump shop. Eventually Jeff and his family decided to move back to “Pure Michigan” and we are so glad they did. Jeff is now back working at All Phase and is responsible for all repair, quoting, and assembly of pumps, motors, and valves. It’s good to have you back Jeff!
We have also recently upgraded our machining department by replacing our old lathe and mill with new in order to keep our equipment up to date and help us turn our parts out quickly and efficiently.
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