Case Study – Metal Fabrication/Tube Fabrication

  • Job Modeling & Position Development
  • Managerial Appraisals & Executive Assessments
  • Executive Search, Recruiting & Selection
The Client

Tube Fab/Roman Engineering is a third generation, privately held manufacturer providing fabricated tubing and engineered assemblies to large Tier 1 automotive parts and systems suppliers. The company employs approximately 158 non-unionized individuals within their facilities located in Northern Michigan. Our manufacturing executive search & recruiting services were provided onsite in Afton, Michigan and from our offices in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Problem/Challenge

Tub Fab/Roman Engineering was struggling with the cost of poor quality which was affecting the profitability of the programs it was supplying parts for and the relationship with key customers. Additionally, it was hindering new business opportunities within its existing customers. The company’s leadership turned to contingency based search firms, recruiters and headhunters in an attempt to solve their problems. This resulted in relatively short term hires over a 10-year period for reasons related to underperformance and relocation/assimilation difficulties. As a result, the quality team was lacking true leadership, development and enhanced problem solving skills.

Our scope of supply for this manufacturing executive search engagement entailed working with the executive team to:

  • Consult, advise and develop a job model/scorecard for the position
  • Create the marketing materials needed to attract the Top 10% of Quality Directors nationally
  • Research, target and source via telephone individuals currently employed within competing organizations
  • Thoroughly assess candidates for the role using our executive assessment/management appraisal service
  • Guide and advise the client, participating throughout their interviews with finalists

Tom Redman, Tube Fab’s President had this to say about our executive search and recruiting performance on this manufacturing engagement:

“Almost everything about working with Lordstone was different than working with other firms in the past: Lordstone made it a priority to truly understand our organization’s needs as well as our culture. Lordstone brought qualified candidates versus available candidates. Lordstone brought value to our company not only by presenting top shelf candidates but by teaching us how to conduct this process more effectively in the future. Lordstone followed up to ensure the candidates we successfully on-boarded and participated in this process. Lordstone is unlike any other search firm I have ever worked with and has set the bar extremely high for any future search firms we might consider working with.”

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