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Spotlight on Metal Finishing: Q&A with Danny, EVS Metal Texas

metal background image with copy about metal finishing careersEVS Metal is pleased to publish another installation in our ongoing series of spotlight articles highlighting employees and their departments. We hope these help illustrate EVS’ capabilities as a manufacturer and metal fabricator, and the value our people bring to the table each and every day. 

 

Spotlight on Danny, Finishing Department Manager, EVS Metal Texas

 

EVS Metal: What is your primary job function or functions? 

Danny: Managing employees and setting daily production schedules, as well as maintaining supplies and equipment, for the finishing department at EVS Texas.

 

EVS Metal: How did you become interested in a career in the metal fabrication industry? 

Danny: I started in the manufacturing industry in 1990 as the shipping manager for a company that specialized in powder coating and wet paint finishing applications. Although I didn’t work directly in fabrication at that point, the company was contracted by various large manufacturers to apply finishes to a range of products.

 

EVS: What path did you follow to get you where you are now in terms of your career?

Danny: I was always interested in art, and won various art contests from the time I was young. I excelled in drawing and painting, in particular. I ended up taking a drafting class in high school, which I enjoyed, then went on to college and took numerous art classes. In 1991, after a year managing the powder coating shipping department I mentioned previously, I moved to finishing and managed that department until 1998. 

I worked for various other companies managing multiple finishing operations as well as shipping for the next 10 years. In 2008, however, I had the opportunity to do something a bit different in finishing — moving a purchased powder coating line from Mexico to Texas for set up, including design and layout. Once it was ready, I ran daily operations as well as sales. I later set up two more powder coating lines, including one for EVS Metal, where I started in 2010; I’ll have been with the company for 9 years as of this August.

Most of my formal training over the years has come from a need to become certified in a certain area of manufacturing and fabrication from an operational standpoint. I’ve undergone training for lean manufacturing, process improvement, J.I.T., 5S, Kaizen, Six Sigma, and OSHA. 

 

EVS: What do you like most about your job, and what does a typical day look like for you?

Danny: My work has a lot of variety to it, so it’s hard to get bored or feel stuck in a rut! It also requires a ton of walking, so I’m on my feet a lot. I find that I have to make quite a few quick decisions each day as well, so it keeps me on my toes in more ways than one. 

 

EVS: What has been your most rewarding project at EVS? 

Danny: We had a huge project — a configurable rack product line built to ship directly to the end customer, for a major rack manufacturing OEM. My team kept it running on-time for the duration of our contract, and I am very proud of the incredible numbers we produced for the project as a whole.


 

About EVS Metal

EVS Metal is an American precision metal fabricator headquartered in Riverdale, NJ. Our machinists and operators utilize the latest technology to cut, bend and finish stand-alone items as well as parts for integration or assembly into more complex products. EVS Metal’s four ISO 9001:2015-certified locations comprise over 250,000 square feet of vertically-integrated manufacturing space and feature the most modern equipment available, from lasers and CNC machining centers to automated powder coating lines.

We serve a diverse customer base across North America, providing a range of services from ITAR-compliant, quick-turn prototypes to high-volume production runs. Request a personalized metal fabrication quote online or call 1-888-9EVSMET to speak with a specialist today.

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