What happens when you get more than 150 fabricators from across the country in one room? Ideas start flowing. Unlike three years ago, attendees at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit this year spoke of expansion and capacity challenges.
During a roundtable discussion, one operations manager spoke of an aerospace contract. The fabricator had served the customer well, and that customer now wanted to give the fabricator more work--a lot more work. Attendees batted around ideas. Should she expand, or share the work with area fabricators? Ultimately, they chose the latter, because that would provide the excess capacity the fabricator needed to meet future demand, wherever it may come from.
“The customer will thank you for it later,” said one attendee.