During my career with DCSC Inc., I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the United States. I’ll admit the most challenging place to drive is in New Jersey; keep in mind I’m from the Midwest. So how can those folks on the road be the same ones that are so wonderfully kind? My DCWarehouse Automation clients from New Jersey are some of the hardest working, innovative, fun and personable folks you will ever meet. More-over, these people are strong.
Here are some examples:
Foremost is a manufacturer of reflectors used in public lighting, stadiums and other places. Fifty-five years ago Foremost began with a vision to service the need of one customer. Today they have hundreds of customers and they continue forming mutually beneficial partnerships in order to develop the products that will fulfill the needs of an increasingly expanding market- place. Their focus is on manufacturing and finished goods processing of reflective lenses used in public lighting, stadiums, etc. I was lucky enough to visit my friends at Foremost in January. If you want to see strong, check out our friend Jerry as he uses an older spinning machine. That is a real work out!
ProTapes offers specialty and contract converting services to a wide range of industries, including major manufacturers of pressure sensitive tapes. Some of their capabilities include full wide web jumbo roll processing, fully automatic rewind slitting, lathe slitting to widths as narrow as 1/64”, precision rotary and flatbed die-cutting, integrated in-line roll wrapping and robotic packaging lines, and in-house design and support for custom packaging configurations. We started working with ProTapes back in 2008. I’ve seen this company grow each and every year because they continue to add new products and capabilities. What touched me the most during my recent January visit was the synergy between their team members. Unfortunately their IT and Logistics Manager, Terry Scala, had her home hit with the devastating Hurricane Sandy. It was brought to my attention that another co-worker, who did not even interact on a daily basis with Terry, came to her office and volunteered his time and workmanship over many weekends to help work on her home and slowly put the pieces back together. During tough times a word or two may be great, but an individual’s time and energy are worth much more. This is yet another example of New Jersey Strong!
In the Winter of 1964, Richard W. Darby was hired by Wales & Ward, Inc. – principally, a plan and specifications representative – to head up their newly formed wholesale division. Working with just one line, the division grew to such proportions that within three years, Mr. Darby was made vice president and one-third partner of Wales & Ward. In 1974, this wholesale division broke off and Wales-Darby, Inc. was formed. In the decades that followed, Wales-Darby greatly expanded in both size and manufacturers represented. Today, sons Brian and Stephen operate the company from their 29,000-square-foot facility in Islandia, NY, and their 17,500-square-foot facility in Warren, NJ. The Darby commitment to professional integrity and excellence remains the cornerstone upon which the company is built. We started working with Wales Darby in 2006. We enjoy our relationship, especially with Vince Mannino, their MIS Director and Harry Boring their Senior Vice President. What I really like best about this company, is their ability to change and adapt to better serve their customers. They have a Learning Center that is bar none when it comes to providing a training environment for their manufacturers’ representatives. They also were featured in a FedEx® / DCWarehouse Case Study The team at Wales Darby takes full advantage of our updated training program in Saint Louis on an annual basis. By constantly evaluating newer trends, embracing technology and providing value to their clients, this strong group of people will continue to grow and be successful!