On December 8th, AFI had a Grand Opening for customers, community members, and family to see the new facility. It was a great night filled with music, food, and celebrating a lot of hard work. Thank you to the Mayor of Litchfield- Keith Johnson, Paul Pagel (MNTAP), and Sam Ziegler (Director; GreenSeam) for the congratulations and welcoming us to Litchfield. We even had a few guest musicians for the night: Keith Johnson, Paul Pagel, and Merle Felling (Founder; Felling Trailers) who played with the Blue Ox Jazz Babies.
Associated Finishing, Inc. is opening a third facility in Litchfield, MN to expand our capabilities and add capacity. The Litchfield facility will be operational in early December 2016 and has 27,000 sq feet of production space that will be used in a variety of ways. The large batch system includes a spray bay, abrasive blast room, powder/liquid paint booth, and oven that can accommodate a 40′ part. Once the large batch system is up-and-running, we will be adding a conveyor line that can handle a 20′ part. This will increase our efficiency and lower prices on parts that will fit on the line. There is also plans for a second conveyor line in the future. AFI is excited about how this new expansion will have a positive effect on our current customers and we are looking forward to the new relationships it will bring!
AFI has done it again! We have added another truck to our fleet making a total of four trucks for our customers’ convenience. We now run a fleet of three straight trucks and one tractor/trailer. These trucks make daily runs to the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area and other routes around Minnesota for customer pick-up and delivery. AFI feels that this free trucking service is essential to connect with our customers and the value of this service takes care of many of the headaches involved with logistics. It’s simple: contact our shipping department: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will do the rest.
AFI opted for another straight truck because of its driver flexibility. This gives AFI the ability to change with our customers’ needs. The truck also has new and improved graphics on it. The AFI cartoon characters are still alive and well, but we rearranged a few other items to better reflect our business. Although this new truck might not go to the Twin Cities everyday, it will create more space on the trucks that do make those trips. That means a better chance that your parts can be picked up and delivered on the day that you requested.
Here at AFI, we strive to be flexible for our customers to give them the best experience possible. That flexibility has gotten us into drop shipping to a final destination. This saves valuable time and money for our customers. Of course, our customers need to have faith in the quality of the parts that we send out since they will never see them. Our quality has spoken for itself as we have continued to increase the amount of drop shipping out of our location. We have a lot of experience in drop shipping to John Deere, Case-New Holland and more. Call today to find out if drop shipping is right for you!
AFI’s salesman, Matt Miller (pictured on left), seconds as an assistant football coach for his alma mater Cleveland High School. He works with the offensive and defensive line for the small 9-man school just north-east of Mankato. Matt comments, “Coaching and developing players is always something I have really enjoyed. It’s also fun to give back to the community where I grew up. I am lucky to work for a company who not only lets me, but supports my participation in something I love to do. I’ve had co-workers and their families at our games cheering us on!”
This year the Clippers had their best year in many as they went 10-2 overall, while winning their district and section. It was only the second time in school history that Cleveland has made it to the State Tournament. The Clippers eventually lost in the State Quarterfinals to the back-to-back-to back state champion Grand Meadow. Congratulations to Matt and Cleveland on a great year!
Jammey Harroun was nominated and now has been chosen as a finalist for the Glenn Sheppard Leadership Award. Glenn Sheppard is a well-regarded entrepreneur and speaker on the fundamentals of business management. His annual award represents a leader who leads by example and sees the value in employee development. Jammey Harroun is one of those leaders and was nominated by Ann Austad.
Jammey started at AFI as a temporary worker in 2000. He has grown and developed his leadership skills ever since. He first worked his way to Line Lead, then Second Shift Manager, and now Operations Manager. Ann Austad (Logistics Manager) says, “Jammey has consistently shown his work ethic to everyone at this company, by example. He also uses his intuitive nature to relate to employees’ needs and yet is consistent with any discipline that needs to happen. I personally have witnessed Jammey’s growth as a manager; first from the Human Resources aspect for 10 years and now more recently from the production standpoint.” Jammey truly sees the value in every employee and believes everyone deserves a chance no matter their background or situation.
Congratulations Jammey on being a finalist!