Lock-Ridge Tool Co. Inc., a family owned and operated company since 1962 has been a successful thriving sheet metal stamping business for years.
Recently, they found themselves at a crossroads having to decide to grow the business and try to compete in an industry that is being overtaken by cheaper competition from offshore and such countries as Mexico or slowly go the way most businesses have been going in California. Lock-Ridge decided to invest in technology that would give them the competitive edge necessary to continue to grow and remain a force in the industry.
With the new technology came the need for a building to house it in, Lock-Ridge commissioned Coast Machinery Movers the task of planning and building a 7,200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building on a lot adjacent to the existing facility. Coast was instrumental in putting together a first class team of sub-contractors to complete the project in just over 4 months.
On Friday, August 26th at 10:00 am Lock-Ridge shut down their sheet metal facility and the machinery move started. In all, 13 machines and support equipment needed to be relocated, a monumental task. On hand were 4 electricians to disconnect and reconnect the equipment, 11 Amada Technicians to secure and re-install all of the equipment and most importantly a team from Coast Machinery Movers to do the heavy lifting.
On Saturday the 27th at 5:00 pm all equipment was moved, installed and ready for production on Monday the 29th. Perhaps the most impressive part of the move was everyone’s willingness to work around the clock to make this all happen. Several times Mr. Larry Beard, from Coast, told me he would send two crews and work 24 hours a day if that is what it took.
Operation is now at full speed and Lock-Ridge has increased their force by 7 people since the move. Currently, at 54 employees, Lock-Ridge has increased from 17 employees in September of 2010 to where it is now with expectation of reaching 60 by the year’s end.
Lock-Ridge is proud of it’s accomplishments to be growing the business in a time when many others are folding their tents and thanks to Coast Machinery Movers for their expertise and innovations to help keep that dream alive.
Keith Clark, President / C.E.O
Lock-Ridge Tool Co.