It’s a well-known fact that the pressures on metal fabricators to accelerate production times, produce second-to-none quality parts, deliver on time every time, and reduce costs is relentless. Coupled with this is the growing demand for multiple custom-designed parts with complex assemblies to meet the ever-evolving end-user needs that can only be met by a rare breed of metal fabricator such as Wesgar. “Our specialty is fabricating high-mix, low-volume efficiently—our fine-tuned one-stop-shop operation is designed to lower our clients’ overall purchasing costs,” says Nash Kassam, President and CEO of Wesgar. Founded in 1965, Wesgar has honed its expertise in fabrication efficiently, while delivering a diverse range of custom-designed complex assemblies. It consistently scores ten out of ten by satisfying its discerning and demanding clients in Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest, across North America, and as far afield as Europe.
In this competitive economic climate, which dictates the survival of the fittest, Wesgar’s team stays one step ahead of the curve. For example, when a client calls to say, “We’re ready to place an urgent order for short runs of custom complex precision fabricated assemblies, zero defects, with three daily deliveries of up to 20 units each, and we need you to cut your prices,” the team at Wesgar does not miss a beat. It has the resources, expertise, and experience; it also takes the time to understand every clients’ unique challenges and tackles them head-on. Everyone at Wesgar understands the consequences of late deliveries, which hold up a client’s production lines. “We delivered on every request consistently for two-and-a-half years until the project was complete,” says Kassam matter-of-factly.
Prototyping and first article production is a critical step in Wesgar’s end-to-end in-house fabrication process—it ensures the final manufactured products meet or exceed clients’ strict requirements and pinpoints cost savings. In this example, as Wesgar broke down the production build for its clients’ seismic-resistant frames, it automated its process for drilling holes and welding, formerly done manually, saving hundreds of hours, not to mention dollars, and meeting tight tolerances.
Our specialty is fabricating high-mix, low-volume, efficiently—our fine-tuned one-stop-shop operation is designed to lower our clients’ overall purchasing costs
Wesgar’s headquarters occupy a four-acre manufacturing campus east of Vancouver, British Columbia, where its team of 200 includes fabrication specialists, engineers, metal technologists, and quality control professionals work around the clock five days per week. ERP and document management systems help manage hundreds of jobs in progress every day. Its 80,000 square feet plant is home to state-of-the-art metal fabrication machinery, including laser cutting machines, punching machines, robotic and CNC bending presses, robotic MIG welders, hardware insertion, powder coating and screen printing, and CNC machining centers. “We check all the boxes. Our enhanced quality processes and systems satisfy clients with demanding quality requirements. What we take two days to produce takes our competitors two-weeks to produce,” says Kassam.
Finally and equally important, Wesgar offers comprehensive warehousing and stocking programs for customers with specialized requirements. Wesgar’s logistics experts work closely with those customers to determine appropriate reorder points, batch sizes, and agree on liability levels. This focus minimizes inventory liability, helps to level load production, takes advantage of economies of scale, and protects against unforeseen spikes in demand. “Our logistics pros know the buck stops here and step up to the challenge of ensuring supply meets customer demands,” says Kassam.
Wesgar has dedicated resources to deliver quality products and meet its customers’ rigorous delivery schedules, such as this example of 60 frames a day, or the equivalent of 20 units every two hours. With a passion and grit rarely seen in the industry, keep your eye on Wesgar as it leads the way in high-mix, low-volume metal fabrication.