We announced a couple of weeks ago that KTM Solutions is celebrating 16 years in business this year. During that time we’ve learned several key lessons:
Hire based on character, passion for the career, and ability to learn. The rest will work out.
Define values, reinforce through example, and let your employees build and make them their own.
Put your clients’ needs first; find ways to solve their problem even if it means sending them somewhere else.
Anything of value takes time to build and nothing new ever happens as quickly as you imagined.
One of our founders, Paul Kumler, has commented that he originally set out to start a manufacturing business. As he drew closer to purchasing a company, he stepped back and decided to start a business in his first area of expertise, engineering, always with the goal of expanding into manufacturing down the line. In our 15th year in business, KTM pivoted toward manufacturing partitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing local schools and businesses with physical barriers as recommended by the CDC. Since then, we’ve pulled back from partition sales and have focused on growing the shop that we set up last year.
For us, the next step was to hire a skilled full-time welder who has over 25 years of experience, allowing us to do more to build our own designs in house and to expand our fabrication services. With that expansion, we’re able to offer in-house, start-to-finish MIG welding capabilities. KTM’s welding team is AWS D1.1 qualified and can cut, grind, and weld a wide variety of carbon steel profiles for diverse uses and applications.
We’ve been on the customer end of welding and fabrication ourselves, so we understand the pain points that can come along when the process involves numerous changes in schedule or pricing or when the communication isn’t clear along the way. So we’re determined to provide clear communication, a detailed schedule, and accurate upfront pricing. Additionally, we know how important it is to be able to quickly overcome any challenges or obstacles that arise during manufacturing. We focus on quick but accurate problem solving and have a network of sources to finish weldments to customer specifications, such as powder coat, black oxide, and paint.
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As we’ve learned over the years, engineering is all about relentless curiosity, creativity, and working with a team of dedicated problem solvers (woven together by math, of course). Bringing the expertise of a skilled welder into that collaboration allows us to do that much more to take our customers’ needs from design to reality. If you’re looking for welding and fabrication services, contact us to discuss how we can help.