West Tool sister company formed [UPDATED]Published 12:33pm Monday, September 30, 2013 Updated 12:35pm Monday, September 30, 2013
By Chris Reinoos
While West Tool Enclosures is technically a new business, the only thing actually “new” at this point is the official name, according to CEO Glen Westra.
“It didn’t change a lot as far as operations go,” Westra said. “What it is going to change is the marketing aspect.”
West Tool Enclosures opened Sept. 16 as a sister company to West Tool & Design. Westra and his team have been working in their current building for 18 months. They decided to create a separate company to increase marketability.
The company primarily sells its enclosures to companies in Minnesota, but is looking to expand farther into the midwest.
“We make a pretty good living based off of the Twin Cities and the Fargo area, but if we could get to Chicago or Milwaukee or Sioux Falls, that is our room for growth,” Westra said.
The company builds enclosures used at municipal lift stations. The company has a water jet on site, which makes cutting through the stainless steel much easier. If not for the jet, Westra said, those who buy the enclosures would have to use a skill saw or some other less effective tool.
West Tool starts all of its projects with sheet metal, so each enclosure is made to order. Westra and his employees do all the welding and smoothing. Projects range in size and time commitment, from smaller enclosures that take two hours to finish to larger ones that can take a week.
The new company will be more specialized. Westra said West Tool Enclosures will hopefully do less and less fabrication work and focus more narrowly on enclosures, including offering many different kinds. The goal is to eventually work exclusively on enclosures.