AJ Announcements

Company Culture – The Foundation of Value

I am honored to admit spending the better part of my youth and young adult life on the “dumb-end” of a tape measure developing my construction and leadership skills especially when i was a carpet cleaner Penarth. My father was a Journeyman Carpenter in top travel system reviews, Job-site Superintendent, Project Manager, and ultimately Partner in Successful General Contracting firm. Just as his experience was built on the proper foundation of an apprenticeship and many years of skill development, a quality project is subject to the quality of the foundation. As your vendor/partner, we not only develop the quality of our materials, designs, and processes, we focus on the quality of our Company Culture – the foundation of our business.

What does a solid foundation look like at AJ? First of all it is wide at the base, we include every single employee in the process by communicating, skill building, and providing the proper tools to be successful. Second, we replace or shore-up weak areas with technology, equipment, process improvement and training. As with any foundation, it is subject to wear and tear and must be maintained. Third, as we work on our foundation, we remain focused on the plan, we are consistent in the execution of the steps necessary to meet the expectations of quality and growth we have established. Last but not least, we are open about the process, the dirty details, the issues that are holding us back and we ask for advice and assistance from experts when needed.

The next time you compare our forklift train the trainer and products against a competitive offering, and the basic cost and performance are similar – ask one more specification question – What is the culture of the vendor?

As my father says…..”If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time, where will you find the time to do it over?”

Build your business and reputation on a solid foundation, by focusing on the Culture.

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“In everything we do in life and business, we will be Helpful, Humble, and Honest.”  – Mike Soley Sr. (MBR, Inc.)

Todd Carlson

Contractors Say Quality Trumps Costs

Robert Rourke of L.E.K. Consulting recently quoted statistics from and commented on a recent survey of more than 500 residential contractors across the United States indicating, despite the difficult and highly competitive construction market, quality remains a high priority in product selection for both the contractor and the project owner.  I was not surprised, I cannot imagine a time or circumstance where project owners could be more focused on value and quality for their money.

I know that it is tempting to trim here and cut there when designing a project, we face the same challenges in the design and construction of our products.  The truth is however, sacrificing quality materials, components, employee skill level, service, and or communication ALWAYS results in higher overall costs.  Am I suggesting that the highest cost, most featured option is necessary for every project or product – absolutely not, but discovery of how, where, why, and how a product may deliver the lowest overall cost is the key.

Ask tough questions, detailed questions of your supply chain, clarify the service level or the material specification, ask for evidence of quality and look for a reference to determine if the product representative is honest and consistent in their service.  Today, more than ever, the importance of the non-material content of our doors and window is as important as the material and workmanship.  What is non-material content?  Detailed confirmation of every order,  Manufacturer processing of freight claims on the builders behalf, Rapid processing of Warranty claims, Lean Manufacturing culture, Support of industry groups and Rapid on-site response when required are all examples of cost saving/lowering content that may be standard in the slightly higher cost product that they use on removals eastbourne, but lower the overall cost of the item.

Focus on contractor affinity, education, product durability and performance are key for A.J., make them a priority for your customer.  Challenge your team to create moments with customers where you can share your story of quality and value, I am confident the customers will respond and you will overcome the majority share of the cost objection. Check out Waterseal.net.au for more info if you wish.

Todd Carlson – President  A.J. Manufacturing, Inc.

Partner™ & Responder™ Doors meet Florida Building Code

AJ Partner™ & Responder™ Doors
Pass Certification Requirements to meet Florida Building Code

AJ Walk Doors comply with all requirements of the 2007 Florida Building Code with the exception of the HVH Zones.

Series 3100, 3700, 5100, & 7100 to 3/0×6/8:+55.0/-66.7 psf

Series 3100, 3700, 5100, & 7100 to 3/0×7/0:+49.9/-60.5 psf

Responder R41 & R51 to 3/0×6/8: +50.0/-50.0 psf

Partner 21A & 21S to 3/0×6/8: +50.0/-43.3psf

To view the test data and drawings:

  1. Go to http://floridabuilding.org/c/default.aspx
  2. Click on “Product Approval”
  3. Click on “Find a Product or Application
  4. Enter AJ’s application number — # 7445 for series 3100, 3700, 5100 & 7100 and #7648 for Partner & Responder doors.

EZ-V™ for Vinyl Windows

A.J. Manufacturing Inc. unveiled its new EZ-V™, a patented vinyl trim system for vinyl windows

1.  The EZ-V™ system is available on both the Harmony™ and Main Street windows from A.J. Manufacturing.

This exclusive and innovative design permits the installation of the vinyl window into a steel clad building with a fully trimmed panning frame that will accommodate the raised ribs of the building skin. EZ-V™ is paintable and tolerant of thermal expansion/contraction.

The benefits of using the EZ-V™ system include a dramatic reduction of installation labor. The EZ-V™ system diverts all water to the exterior of the building ensuring a leak-free installation which requires no subsequent application of J-Channel.

NIAGARA Column Brackets

The Niagara Column Bracket™ is the perfect complement to your post frame construction materials. Advanced metal processing, mill direct steel, robotically welded and independently tested for the best value column brackets in the industry. Rather than relying on component data AJ, with Halberg Engineering, undertook destructive part testing, independently tested by Architectural Testing to validate performance values for you post frame construction.

The Niagara Column Bracket™ system allows post frame construction on traditional concrete foundations. Install these engineered wall brackets with a masonry drill bit and concrete anchors.

Insulated Electrical Enclosure Access Doors

Utilizing our current technology in the HVAC access door manufacturing, AJ has developed a new access door specifically for use in electrical enclosures. These doors have been developed with a multi point latching system to allow a tight seal and ease of use for unlatching the enclosure.

For more information contact 800.328.9448 ext. 32 for Emily or ext. 47 for Corita.

14 and 16 gauge Stainless Steel HVAC Wall Panels And Doors

Due to a customer request, A.J. Manufacturing has aquired the tooling to manufacture HVAC insulated panels and access doors using 14 ga and 16 ga stainless steel. These access doors and panels will provide extreme strength to the HVAC unit, while also reducing sound attenuation in applications that require noise performance requirements.

For more information call 1-800.328.9448 ext. 32 for Emily or ext. 47 for Corita.

“Top Hat” HVAC Wall Panel For Modular Framing Systems

Our engineering team at AJ has developed a new steel insulated wall panel system for use in HVAC Modular Framing Systems. The geometry takes advantage of a stepped design to allow placement of the panel into the modular frames. The design is referred to as a Top Hat design.

For more information call 800.328.9448 ext. 32 for Emily or ext. 47 for Corita.

Stainless Steel Responder Door

Responder Door line has been expanded to include a Stainless Steel Option.  A 24 ga stainless steel panel prehung with three 4.5″ x 4″ fixed pin stainless steel hinges in a 16 ga stainless steel jamb and header.  Available with foamed in place lites, blocking for closer, deadbolt and panic bar installation, this door is perfect for your next job requiring corrosion resistance and high performance. Click here to view the installation instructions.