PRESIDENT, SOUTH COAST MOLD
Business hasn’t been all sunshine and palm trees for California-based South Coast Mold (SCM). Much like the rest of the industry, Paul Novak’s niche family business was impacted by the recession. Yet, SCM stepped up to the plate—deciding to enhance its facility and boost efficiency.
“Energy costs are significant for our small business,” company owner and director Paul states. “We use more energy than 90 percent of the businesses in our service area with our footprint.” That footprint is notably small, measuring in at just 7,500 sq. ft.
With numbers like that, SCM found an opportunity to improve. Over the course of two years, SCM implemented an energy conservation strategy, resulting in a 20 percent drop in energy usage, which they have maintained. In 2009, SCM received the Energy Star Small Business Award from the U.S. EPA.
Re-investment is not restricted to energy use at SCM. In his role as company owner, Paul also serves as SCM’s marketing and sales departments. To enhance his knowledge of industry trends and emerging technologies, Paul attends a multitude of events, including JIMTOF, EMO and Pacific Design Show, as well as IMTS.
IMTS visits are valuable. I’ve been to shows overseas, yet IMTS has it all. It’s just a simple trip to Chicago.
Paul also spends time at regional manufacturing shows, but notes their scope is limited, usually not offering all the equipment or services he might be hunting.
Typical of a small business, Paul isn’t the only person at SCM who wears multiple hats. Each toolmaker designs and builds his own dies from start to finish. Comprised of just eight employees, SCM is clearly a family—wholly dedicated to one another and the work at hand. SCM invests in its employees by reimbursing them for tool and skill retraining and up-training.
SCM plans to attend IMTS 2016 to augment investment in their skill, scope and future. Paul points out, “There is some equipment we may need in the next 12 months, but we also have long-term needs that IMTS will help us navigate. While at the show, we’ll research equipment and technology that requires a greater investment.”
Planning for the brief two days at IMTS has already started for SCM. Identifying the companies and locations they want to visit is particularly important to Paul. “Wandering around the show is okay, but we would miss relevant vendors and technologies without having a plan arranged.”
By utilizing IMTS.com and creating his roadmap on MyShow Planner, Paul is able to connect with as many people as possible, making the most out of his IMTS investment.
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