By Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR (RIA)
I’ve been hearing good news about Industrial Control Repair for quite some time, now. An RIA member for seven years, they have prospered under the management team assembled by founder Paul Gutierrez and his partners Don Czerniewski and Glenn Dantes. Their story is a credit to the industry and to all the forward thinking manufacturers who use robots. Considering ICR’s success comes amidst the challenging times in Michigan, it goes to show how robotics can be a boon to global business in general and to a local economy in particular. Here’s a little something I recently received from their company…
Industrial Control Repair headquartered in Warren, a company specializing in industrial electronic and mechanical repair services since 1992, has been experiencing a steady growth climb even during the difficult economy. It has been named the 8th largest Hispanic owned business in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.
The company which began with two employees now has 150 in the US, Canada and Mexico. Originally, Industrial Control Repair’s roster of clients included General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and other domestic automotive suppliers. In the last five years, its strategy was changed to focus on gaining business with foreign automotive companies such as Toyota, Honda, BMW, Nissan as well as other non-automotive businesses. This strategy worked and these companies have now become ICR’s largest sources of revenue.
In 2002, the company posted $10 million in revenue, in 2003, $12 million in revenue, in 2004, $16 million in revenue, in 2005, $25 million in revenue, in 2006, $28 million in revenue. This year, revenue is expected to rise to $33 million. Their fast growth has led them to recently be named the 8th largest Hispanic owned business in the metro Detroit area, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.
To support this fast-growing business, ICR’s employees are working overtime to keep up with the work and a second shift to increase capacity appears to be coming soon. In the near future, the company is also looking to expand its used robot sales and refurbishment operations in Roseville and plans on adding more robotic technicians to their staff.
ICR’s goal is to become North America’s leading industrial services and solutions provider. To accomplish this goal, the company has been diversifying in order to become more of a technical services organization as opposed to being just a repair company. With the recent addition of its state certified learning institute, plans are in the works for a new robotics education center for students looking to prepare for a new career and to further educate ICR’s existing clients’ employees.