Schake Industries 2017 Business Review

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Schake crane aerial

Schake crane aerialSchake Industries, Inc. was founded by Steven A. Schake in 1997. The company began operations as an industrial sandblasting and painting company, and has evolved into a company which manufactures Spiral Aluminum Silos, Above Ground Storage Tanks, and a variety of Hydraulic, Lubrication and Pneumatic Systems. These products are used in a variety of industries including plastics and resins, industrial chemicals, and scrap or waste storage.

In 2005 Schake Industries acquired a Spiral Aluminum Silo business from a local manufacturer, creating Schake Silo Division. This acquisition included the Silo Roll Forming Machine and engineering drawings, along with miscellaneous equipment, and enabled them to start manufacturing these unique Spiral Silos. Over the years, Schake Industries has made manufacturing improvements to this product. One of the major improvements was using high-quality 5052 H32 Aluminum Coil. The second is continuous bead welding on the inside of the Double Crimped Spiral Seam, which helps to prevent material hang-up points and contamination. The third major improvement was upgrading the bearings of the Silo Forming Machine, to allow closer tolerances while providing much better crimping of the Spiral Seam.

Schake Hydraulic Division was created in 2009 and utilizes their engineering staff’s 40+ years of experience in designing and re-engineering a wide range of hydraulic and related equipment. Their in-house capabilities include design, repair, custom manifold design, fabrication, painting, grit blasting, mechanical/electro-mechanical assembly, testing, and reverse engineering of obsolete components. The division’s core competency is in 500 psi to 8000 psi hydraulic systems, lubrication systems, pneumatic systems, water cooling skids, nitrogen stands and accumulators.

Schake Tank Division was added in late 2010, when Schake Industries acquired the assets, personnel and expertise of an above ground storage tank company. This acquisition complemented Schake Industries’ existing Spiral Aluminum Silo and Silo Services capabilities. Experienced field crews and dedicated field equipment enable silo and above ground storage tank build and repair requirements to be met.

From the company’s founding until late 2013, Schake Industries was housed in an industrial complex. Then, in 2013, land and a modern 31,000 sq. ft. facility were purchased in Seneca, PA. This acquisition provided Schake the opportunity for future expansion, and has greatly improved truck and infrastructure access.

Schake crane ground“2016 was a good year for us,” explained owner Steve Schake. With a 20% increase in sales last year, Schake invested in equipment and infrastructure to expand in-house fabrication and field service capabilities. “We outsourced some of our fabrication work,” Schake said. “Bringing those processes in-house will improve our turnaround times and allow us to better control the process and quality.” The company purchased a Messer burn table, angle and pipe rolls, and added several aluminum welding booths. The increased in-house capacity also prepares Schake Industries for focused expansion of related products and services, while preparing to meet the demands of a greater market.

Schake uses direct mail, web, video, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) to reach their target market, as well as attending trade shows. In 2016 Schake Industries also established sales representatives in the midwest and northwest, setting the stage for sustainable growth. “Last year we launched an aggressive marketing campaign with new websites for our three divisions, created new printed materials, held sales rep training, and produced several videos to better present our company to a broader market,” explained Purchasing/Sales Manager Mark Berringer. The 2017 focus will be to continue these efforts and develop sales outreach in the southern and eastern US. This nationwide effort positions the company for increased direct contact with new customers in the plastics, foods, and pharmaceuticals industries.

The company now ships and installs products and provides repair services across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The purchase of a 50-ton crane last year enhances their field service fleet. Heading the installation and service teams, General Manager Jim Kline says “We have a highly skilled, dedicated team that believes in exceeding customer expectations. They are the front-line representatives for Schake Industries and understand the importance of building strong customer relationships.”

The company is also committed to community, supporting local causes and organizations such as the YMCA, United Way, Little League, March of Dimes, Big Brothers and Sisters, the American Cancer Society and many others. “This is where our employees live and we believe building a better community is good business,” Schake said.

Schake Industries is located at 3467 State Road 257 in Seneca. For information contact Mark Berringer at 814-677-9333 or visit their website www.schakeinc.com.

Schake Adds Crane to Fleet

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50 Ton Grove Crane

SchakeCrane3The Schake fleet now includes a 50 ton Grove crane for in-house and on-site heavy duty lifting.  The crane will be employed during building, moving and maintenance of above ground storage tanks and aluminum silos.  In a recent video on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEBdeEhoMp0 and on our website, the new crane is lifting a 60 foot tall, 10 ton spiral silo at our manufacturing facility.

“This new powerful crane allows us to be more efficient with our existing manufacturing and customer services,” says President/CEO Steve Schake.

Contact Dave Cook or Jim Kline, at 814-677-9333, to learn more about our new 50 ton mobile crane service.

Schake Industries 2016 Business Review

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Schake Industries Business Review truck

Schake Industries Business Review truckIn 2015 Schake Industries set the stage for sustainable, rapid growth by focusing on establishing sales representatives across the United States and developing the marketing tools needed to promote its products and services. Representatives have been added to cover most of the east coast and southwest.  In 2016 the company will be adding sales representatives in the mid-west and northwest, as well as developing a direct marketing team through an innovative partnership with Gibbons Business Solutions of Oil City.

Schake Industries was founded in 1997 and originally focused on industrial coatings, but the vision from the beginning was to be more than a painting company. Having grown into a manufacturer of spiral aluminum silos, above-ground storage tanks, and hydraulic, lubrication and pneumatic systems, the company is now shipping both domestically and internationally from its facility in Seneca.

“This has been an exciting year for us” said owner Steve Schake. “This year we’ve hit some big milestones that are putting Schake Industries on the map. We’re building our brand and getting the word out about the great products and services we provide to a much larger market.”

Schake Silo Division was established in 2005 with the acquisition of equipment and personnel from a local manufacturer. Over the years, the company has dedicated considerable effort and resources to improving the manufacturing process, which has allowed it to offer a better product at a more competitive price. Schake continues to invest in their spiral silo division, making sure that the product remains on the cutting-edge of the industry and that they are able to employ the newest technologies available.

Schake Hydraulic Division was created in 2009 and utilizes its engineering staff’s more than 40 years of experience in designing and re-engineering a wide range of hydraulic and related equipment. Their in-house capabilities include design, repair, custom manifold design, fabrication, painting, grit blasting, mechanical/electro-mechanical assembly, testing and reverse engineering of obsolete components. Schake Hydraulics’ core competency is in 500 psi to 8000psi hydraulic systems, lubrication systems, pneumatic systems, water cooling skids, nitrogen stands and accumulators.

Schake Tank Division was added to the company in 2010 when it acquired the assets, personnel and expertise of an above ground storage tank company, complementing the spiral aluminum silo products and services. Their experienced field crews and dedicated field equipment allows the company to offer comprehensive silo and above-ground storage tank construction, repair and re-location services.

Schake strives to be a complete source for their customers’ silo product and service needs. Schake’s comprehensive list of silo, tank and hydraulics products and services put them in a good position to fulfill this goal.

Schake’s growth into this diverse company is a result of their quality products and services, commitment to finding solutions for their customers, and the values they apply to their business relationships. The company has built strong customer relationships and proudly reports that they are still working with all of their original customers.

While the company is dedicated to sustaining relationships, Mark and the regional sales reps he oversees are looking to market Schake’s silo products and services to new customers in the plastics, foods and pharmaceuticals industries. This includes initiating a nationwide outreach effort to directly contact companies in those industries and introduce them to Schake’s products and services. Mark Berringer, Sales Manager, says “Our focus now is to expand our customer base.  There’s a huge potential for us to grow our market and we’re positioning ourselves to do just that, with a determination that every customer becomes a customer for life.”

The company has also launched an aggressive new marketing plan including the production of videos, printed materials, and new websites for the corporation and each of its three divisions. Schakeinc.com, SchakeSilo.com, SchakeTank.com and SchakeHydraulic.com utilize the latest web technology and feature company videos and details on the products and services offered by each of the company’s Divisions. The company has recently launched Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn accounts to aid in its networking, name recognition and visibility, and to support its other marketing efforts.

Schake Industries Jim Kline and Steve Schake

General Manager Jim Kline and Owner Steve Schake.

Operations Manager Jim Kline says they keep their customers because quality, honesty, integrity and commitment are the foundation of the company. “My installation and service teams are the front-line representatives for Schake Industries.  We treat our customers the way we want to be treated and always strive to exceed their expectations,” Jim explains.

The quality of Schake’s products and services is attributed to the company’s skilled, experienced and dedicated employees. Honesty and integrity are evidenced by their ability to retain their customers.  Their commitment is in their dedication to better serving their customers’ needs; investing in new equipment, talented employees and technology to improve product quality and lower costs, ensuring that they can meet their customers’ business challenges now and in the future.

The company is also committed to community, supporting local causes and organizations, such as the YMCA, United Way, Little League, March of Dimes, Big Brothers & Sisters, the American Cancer Society, and many others.  Steve Schake explains “We invest in our community just like we invest to grow and improve our company and products.  It’s good for our community, our employees and our company.”

The company’s plan for 2016, according to Steve: “We’ll continue to seek related manufacturing and service opportunities as we expand our market for our existing products and services. I expect a very good year ahead.”

Schake recently added a Facebook page. Follow “Schake Industries Inc.“ to keep up on what’s happening with this fast-growing local company.

Schake Industries is located at 3467 State Route 257 in Seneca. Contact Mark Berringer at 814-677-9333 or sales@schakeinc.com to discuss your silo, tank or hydraulics needs.

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