FOR 35 YEARS... ACCRA-FAB HAS PROVIDED QUALITY CUSTOM
METAL FABRICATION AND MANUFACTURING FOR COMPANIES
ALL OVER THE WORLD.
THE LIBERTY LAKE COMPANY LIKES TO SAY, "WE DO IT ALL".
AND AS DEREK DEIS FOUND OUT IN THIS WEEK'S "MADE IN
THE NORTHWEST"... IT MOST DEFINITELY DOES.
ACCRA-FAB WAS FOUNDED IN 19-79 TO MANUFACTURE INPUT
DEVICES FOR THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY. BUT IT'S GROWN
TREMENDOUSLY SINCE THEN.
TODAY... THE MAIN INDUSTRIES THE COMPANY SERVES ARE...
power management, aerospace, electronics test and
measurement are our largest areas. we also do a fair
amount of medical and marine work."
MOST OF ACCRA-FAB'S BUSINESS IS MANUFACTURING THINGS
enclosures and sub-assemblies and individual components
for the electronics industry."
BUT AEROSPACE PARTS ARE ACTUALLY THE FASTEST GROWING
PART OF THE BUSINESS.
ACCRA-FAB AND ITS 160 EMPLOYEES SPECIALIZE IN PRECISION
SHEET METAL FABRICATION, MACHINING AND ASSEMBLY AND
FINISHING. IT'S BASICALLY A "ONE STOP SHOP" FOR CUSTOMERS.
"we can handle projects from the design phase all
the way through that final assembly and finishing."
AND IT STARTS WITH DESIGN WORK, ENGINEERING WORK AND
PROTOTYPING IN ACCRA-FAB'S ENGINEERING SERVICES AREA.
MANY OF THE COMPANY'S PARTS THEN BEGIN TO TAKE SHAPE
ON THIS FOUR-THOUSAND WATT, HIGH SPEED INDUSTRIAL
"we can handle the very low volume prototyping and
when we're in that design, engineering and development
phase, all the way up to production run quantities."
ACCRA-FAB ALSO FEATURES NINE PUNCH PRESSES... WHICH
HANDLE A LOT OF WORK.
we have various capabilities, from 22 different unique
tools all the way up to 44 unique tools."
THE COMPANY EVEN DOES GRAINING AND IN-HOUSE PLATING.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF ACCRA-FAB'S ABILITY TO DO IT ALL.
ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO... ACCRA-FAB MADE A COMMITMENT
TO LEAN MANUFACTURING... WHICH YOU CAN SEE IN ITS
ASSEMBLY WORK, FORMING AND HARDWARE INSERTION.
we've built subframes underneath that equipment to
make it moveable and make it very fast and efficient
to set up and switch between product lines, so we
can really be flexible and, at the same time, be very
efficient in our manufacturing."
ITS POWDER COAT LINE IS ANOTHER SERVICE THAT SETS
THE COMPANY APART.
it's an automated line that includes an iron phosphate
wash line that preps the parts. and then we have
two stations for shooting the powder coat."
IT ALSO HAS WET PAINTING AND SILK SCREENING DEPARTMENTS
FOR CUSTOMERS WHO REQUIRE IT.
ACCRA-FAB'S OTHER BUSINESS... COFFEE CRAFTERS... WHICH
WE FEATURED IN JULY... IS ALSO TAKING OFF... BECAUSE...
our coffee roaster also works extremely well in roasting
cocoa beans. cacao. and so, we're seeing that market
as a huge potential for us as well."
AND WHILE LOWER SKILLED MANUFACTURING WORK CONTINUES
TO GO OFFSHORE... ACCRA-FAB PLANS TO CONTINUE TAPPING
ITS POTENTIAL WITH MORE COMPLEX, HIGHER QUALITY WORK.
"we can offer things that our customers can't get
offshore and is very difficult to find elsewhere around
the united states."
THAT'S THE KIND OF NICHE YOU CREATE WHEN YOU DO IT
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST... I'M DEREK DEIS... KXLY