Originally posted on July 26, 2011 by Superb Fabricating
Written by Diane Gale Andreassi – STAFF WRITER
At 48 he had to decide whether to move out of state to get another job, or launch his own business.
That gave birth to Superb Metal Fabricating Cutting out of his South Lyon backyard pole barn and basement with his son, Jon. The business kept growing and before long he moved to suites in Milford, out grew that location and finally late last year found his current site on Donovan Street in downtown South Lyon.
“I started with nothing and with a lot of hard work we have something,” said Stricker as he walked through his plant with engineers busy filling orders. “We aren’t done growing. We did this all in a recession.”
Next year he plans to add another 1,500 square feet in office space onto his 6,000 square foot plant that sits on two acres. The building had been vacated seven some years before Stricker brought it back to life with the spark of lasers cutting out designs and other machines forming the metal pieces into just the right shapes. If all goes as planned, Stricker will add to his current 14 employee count.
“It depends on the work coming in,” he said. “We like to hire local people.”
His first client, Jeff Bronco’s Graveyard Distribution in Brighton, is still his biggest customer along with many more who have bolstered his business.
“I’m the type of guy when I wake up in the morning I don’t wait until someone throws the ball to me,” he said. “I throw the ball. I always have parts on time and I do a lot of good work at a fair price. I think a lot has to do with being in the right place at the right time and having something that people want.”
His glossy, tri-fold brochure says it all, “At Superb Fabricating, our team of skilled engineers have the lifelong experience and ingenuity to design, craft and execute your next metalwork project. We provide components to a diverse range of clients with our state of the art equipment.”
Stricker prides himself on marrying “old school and new school” metal fabrication and laser technology.
“I depend a lot on my son, Jon,” Stricker said. “He learned a lot about machinery. The other guys listen to him, because he’s knowledgeable and he knows how to communicate with customers. I also depend on my daughter Kimberly’s advertising ability and her professional approach to the business. I’m successful because we are fortunate to have a lot of good people here. Everyday is a new adventure.”