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quicker than many companies that

have long lead times for materials,” said

Regina. “A lot of our customers have

manufacturers in China and Korea, but

because of our massive steel inventory

at Ohio Steel, we can compete with

lower cost labor markets and be North

America’s number one short-cycle

supplier.”

“Companies are running their equipment

longer and harder, and not necessarily

paying for the maintenance,” Eric shared.

“This is a huge advantage for us, because

we have our materials—and therefore, our

products—available at competitive rates

that are turned around quickly when the

mines or power plants go down.”

So how will WarFab chart its course

for the next 50 years of operation? The

company has quick thinking down pat,

lean strategies in place, and a highly

reliable supplier on its side. What it is

looking to do next is adapt to the ever-

changing energy landscape.

Regina has initiated a sustainability

initiative within the companies.

“Focusing on becoming better stewards of

the environment helps us remain relevant

in the shifting current of the energy

industry. We are a ‘Friend of Coal’ but I

recognize that if our business does not

adapt to current trends in our industry,

we may become obsolete and we want

to be an agent of change in our industry,”

Regina said.

Regina has invested in video and video

production with the hopes of harnessing

that message into an advantage for

WarFab with an online marketing campaign.

Another key adaptation the company is

looking to make is that of its workforce.

“Currently our managerial staff is primarily

made up of Baby Boomers who have built

this business with our father, but the younger

generation of workers have different values,

exciting strategies, and promising goals than

that of their predecessors,” she said. “We

focus a lot on in-house training to adapt

our strategy to this new generation, as well

as adapt them to our company and culture,

while also listening to their input and ideas

on how we can ensure the future of our

companies.”

Despite the ever-changing landscape of the

industry that all companies have to contend

with today, the changes won’t threaten

WarFab’s family feel.

2015

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