Grand Island, Neb.-based Dramco Tool Co. Inc. expanded its headquarters site with an 11,000-square-foot addition strategically designed to improve workflow.
Founded in 1978 as a two-person shop with basic manual machine tools, Dramco has grown into a company with 55 employees building metal stamping dies, plastic injection molds, compression molds, tooling for composite parts, fabrication and custom machine building.
Dramco serves the automotive, heavy-duty equipment, aerospace, military, consumer products and agriculture markets from what is now a 37,000-square-foot facility.
Company officials also acquired a second 10,000-square-foot facility in February to start a welding division and increase long-term storage.
Dramco owners invited their colleagues and competitors for a peek inside as hosts of the first virtual tour offered by the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA).
The Indianapolis-based trade group puts on workforce development, networking and benchmarking programs aimed at giving U.S. mold builders a competitive edge.
About 80 online attendees took an inside look March 8 into Dramco's journey to create a lean advantage in the marketplace.
Every year an AMBA member open its doors so others in the industry can benchmark their processes against a peer, identify best practices, discover new ideas and form connections that could help their bottom line.
This year, Dramco officials showed off their operation, which was expanded and reconfigured in 2021 to increase workflow capacity. The focus on the shop floor yielded several observations about improving efficiency.
"We basically reset the entire shop," said Justin Pfenning, one of the co-owners along with Larry Patton, Todd Jacobsen and Bill Koch.
The virtual tour focused on how Dramco found efficiencies and put the added space in their first facility to work for them.