April 23, 2008

New engineering firm opens in Sturtevant

A new start up, Adams Engineering & Manufacturing, will open in May, at 1510 S. Sylvania Avenue, Suite 206, in the GrandView Business Park in Sturtevant.

Randy Adams, with nearly 20 years of engineering experience, offers custom precision prototyping in hydraulics, agricultural, machinery, and construction industries, as well as production machining.

Adams Engineering & Manufacturing also offers manufacturers the value-added service of in-house engineering consultation on tooling, fixturing, repeatability, or process development.

With the downturn in the economy, Randy Adams could see no better time to start a new business saying, “Change is good. Companies are looking to cut costs. I can offer the skill sets that are in short supply out there, without the overhead of larger companies.” Adams completed a state apprenticeship program becoming a journeyman machinist by going to school days, plus taking night courses, and working full-time. “I wanted to be the best I could be in my field,” he said.

As a new start up, Adams Engineering faced the hurdles of developing a business plan, getting financing and finding a location. The Small Business Development Center assisted with the business plan, and the Racine County Economic Development Corporation helped find a location. “It took a real leap of faith,” he said, and with his wife’s support he personally funded the equipment, having been denied financing from every bank.

Looking for his first customers in mid-May, Randy says, “Whoever’s late, or having problems with quality – I’ll fix your biggest problem.” Randy Adams can be reached at (262) 497-5288.

For additional information on start-up assistance through the Small Business Development Center, call Deneine Powell at (262) 898-7414, or for information on site locations within Racine County, call Jenny Trick at Racine County Economic Development Corporation at (262) 898-7424.

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