In 2005, one of the most impactful events in the history of the company occurred. AMICO was acquired by Gibraltar Industries, a Buffalo-based, publicly traded company. The management team – Roland Short, Ray Merrill, Bob Campbell, John Kidd, and William “Dub” Gable – who still retained partial ownership of the company, and who had together seen the company through a period of enormous growth, retired shortly thereafter. For the first time in the company’s history, it was no longer privately held. This required a great deal of change and learning, especially on the financial side of the business.
The following year, Roland Short left the company and was succeeded by Joe Smith, who still runs the business during the company’s 75th anniversary year in 2014. Smith brought with him a mindset for operational excellence and LEAN principles.
In 2006, Gibraltar purchased The Expanded Metal Company (EMC) in Hartlepool, England. EMC specializes in expanded metal mesh pressings and finished mesh products for the filtration and architectural markets. In 2007, AMICO purchased Dramex Corporation, a Canadian manufacturer of expanded metal products which was located in Montreal. Dramex had facilities in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom which manufactured expanded metal, structural grating, micro-mesh, and decorative metal patterns.
In 2006, Gibraltar purchased The Expanded Metal Company (EMC) in Hartlepool, England. EMC specializes in expanded metal mesh pressings and finished mesh products for the filtration and architectural markets. Sorst, a company located in Hannover, Germany, was also acquired by Gibraltar. Sorst and EMC are now a part of AMICO.
AMICO’s most recent acquisitions were in 2012. Erdle Perforating has been in the perforating industry for over 135 years. Its locations in Rochester, NY and Charlotte, NC brought AMICO a stronger presence in the East Coast perforated markets. AMICO also acquired the Edvan grating division that year. Edvan had been a stocking distributor of AMICO products since 1978 and has now grown to become a full-service grating distributor and fabricator. Its location in Alberta, Canada also provided the opportunity for AMICO to enter the oil sands market in that area.
AMICO continues to service the building products and industrial metals markets across the United States, Canada, the UK, and beyond. An international sales specialist is working to develop the markets in South America and provide opportunities there.
AMICO also still finds ways to contribute to the community. Teams from the company volunteered to clean up and rebuild homes after the 2011 outbreak of tornadoes that ravaged communities across Alabama. Over the past two years, the employees at AMICO’s Birmingham plant and corporate office have set company records for donations to United Way, totaling nearly $25,000 donated each year.
The company continues to focus on LEAN principles to increase productivity and provide better products and services for its customers. AMICO also continues to find new ways to service customers, such as providing customer portals to access their order information and current inventory information online. The company also engages customers using e-commerce in the online stair tread store. As the years roll by, AMICO will continue to follow the principles that have made it successful, find new ways to provide products and services to customers, and explore old and new ways to expand upon the idea set into motion 75 years ago.