What are the key product categories
for the company?
We supply large diameter and hard-to-find
fasteners for agriculture, construction
equipment, heavy transportation, mining,
structural construction, and wind industries.
What are the defining qualities
of the company culture?
We do what we say we will do, and we put the
customer first in our decision making process. We also
respect our customers, suppliers, and one another. Last,
Earnest Machine embraces change.
These qualities allow for very nimble, evolving teammates
that are understanding, flexible, and work together to
create a great employee and customer experience.
The company makes decisions based on employee
wellbeing. For example, employees don’t have to use
vacation time for anything other than vacation and are
encouraged to tend to their personal issues without
losing out on time off.
What makes current or potential customers
choose you over your competitors?
Customers are able to buy only the quantity they need for
their own customers, saving our customers money and space.
Additionally, while our competitors carry some of the
same products, we still have hard-to-find sizes.
Finally, we carefully track our Distribution Performance
Metrics on a monthly basis, and send the report to all of
our customers, regardless if it’s positive or negative,
because we value transparency.
What is the company’s approach to growth strategy?
Is it organic-based, acquisition-based, or both?
We take an organic approach in that we have a robust
group of customers with whom we have a solid working
relationship. Annually, we review purchases this customer
has made from the previous three years to discuss needs
they will have in the upcoming year, and so we can discuss
products they might not have been aware that we carry.
We also take an acquisition-based approach when there is
an opportunity that would best benefit our customers. For
example, several years ago we received feedback that our
customers would benefit from receiving secondary services
on the parts they order, such as drilling, plating, cut/thread/
chamfer, etc. Because the need was there, we felt it was time
to acquire a manufacturing facility in order fulfill those needs.
Does the company have any notable involvement
in regular or ongoing community service efforts?
We work with Meals on Wheels on a weekly basis. We
have also partnered with the Marines for seasonal
assistance participating in their Toys for Tots program
every holiday season.
Every June, employees and their friends and family join
the Rocky River Watershed Council to help clean up the
Additionally, our CEO, Kirk Zehnder, has created a 3x100
challenge where he has committed to doing a 100 mile run,
speak with 100 customers about their relationship with
Earnest, and challenge those 100 customers to donate to
Laura’s Home, a local Cleveland charity, totaling $100,000.
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