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Solid success from solid waste.

Springdale's J.V. Manufacturing Finds A Gold Mine In The Trash

How does a small welding shop grow into a multimillion-dollar manufacturing business?

By attracting Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as a client, of course.

That's what J.V. Manufacturing Inc. did. The Springdale business was started in 1978 by Jim Ulrich and Jim Shields to develop a cardboard baler that fit Wal-Mart's disposal and recycling needs.

Fourteen years and two patents later, J.V. Manufacturing, now owned by Jack and Janet Perry, occupies more than 70,000 SF.

The company manufactures cardboard balers, industrial-size trash compactors and recycling bins. It also produces custom electrical and hydraulic components.

"We don't limit ourselves to thinking we are a manufacturer of solid-waste equipment," says Chris Weiser, vice president and general manager. "We are metal fabricators."

Still, the vast majority of J.V.'s business is in the area of solid-waste equipment.

The company markets its products nationwide as well as in Mexico, Canada and New Zealand.

In February 1991, J.V. had its first $2 million sales month.

"That month almost surpassed sales for the entire year of 1985 when I came aboard," Weiser says.

Jack and Janet Perry, both in their 60s, focus on employee satisfaction, according to Weiser. Summer barbecues, company meetings and frequent luncheons at which the owners and managers prepare meals for employees provide for an enhanced work atmosphere.

Weiser says that "family atmosphere" is part of the reason J.V. is projecting 20 percent growth this year.
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Title Annotation:J.V. Manufacturing Inc.
Author:Harper, Kim
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jan 20, 1992
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