"We have worked very hard trying to improve our quality system and are pleased that we achieved the re-certification," said the company's CFO, Fritz Prine.
This recent quality milestone is considered an achievement in light of the prolonged recession.
At the start of the recession, there were cash constraints and uncertainty which puts a strain on the workforce.
added, "We focused on training, following documented procedures, and continuous improvement projects.
"Ralph's experience in manufacturing is very diverse and he brings with him a great deal of knowledge when it comes to establishing - and meeting - important benchmarks for achieving quality improvements," said Westfield Steel Chief Financial Officer Fritz Prine.
"It was evident from the beginning that the management team here is very focused and driven, and the way (Fritz) he
pushed the importance of their operations made the decision (to come here) very easy."
"We wanted to create a way to share ideas and thoughts with potential and current customers, employees and friends," said Westfield Steel CFO and Blog Author Fritz Prine.
"The topics will be timely and thorough without belaboring any specific point."
The first blog entitled "Staying Afloat" was posted in December.
In it, Prine
talks about the economy and the outlook for the future.
"The painful four-quarter-long chain of decline has officially ended," writes Prine
"It is good news, but don't break out the champagne and celebrate just yet."
The blog goes on to provide certain options management might consider to weather the continuing recession, such as: marketing in a down economy, carrying outside sales reps and creating innovative new business ideas.
said these are a few of the things Westfield Steel is doing to withstand the otherwise hard times the industry is facing and is happy to share the tips with others.
"We were looking to generate more revenues with our existing asset base," said Fritz Prine, chief financial officer of Westfield Steel.
"We had 20 over-the-road tractors and 21 trailers, and most were on daily delivery routes throughout the Midwest."
says Westfield Steel's
goals are to generate incremental revenue - in an otherwise struggling economy - and fill in the gaps delivery-wise during a typical work week.
"We found that we could provide a lower cost alternative than many of the common carriers," explained Prine
"We made some minor investments in equipment so that we could haul more commodity types.
As the economy turned (and continued), we have been able to increase our hauling revenue."
In addition to their own steel types, Westfield Steel
now hauls many other things like fabricated steel parts, lumber, equipment, building materials, steel coils, agriculture seeds, and salt.
"Our main role will always be to support the company delivering our steel," Prine
Westfield Steel CFO Fritz Prine said that the family-owned company is dedicated to the community and echoed Karyn's sentiments about supporting athletes and their abilities.
"We care about the people in this program.
We care about their confidence and determination and happiness," he