When J. Cameron Drecoll purchased Brad Foote Gear Works Inc. in 1997, it didn’t take him long to apply his extensive industry knowledge to his advantage. In the first two years of managing the company, revenue doubled.
Drecoll understood that in order for the company to become the superior provider of large, high-quality gear systems, it would need to heavily invest in the latest technologies and people to significantly increase its overall quality to better serve the wind energy segment.
The initial equipment improvements allowed the company to shift from “through-hardened” gearing to a higher capacity “carburized” and “ground-type” gearing. This was the steppingstone in developing its superior reputation in the marketplace.
More recently, Drecoll made the commitment to purchase 14 gear grinders. As a result, the company has been able to enter into the renewable energy market, and currently has a backlog of orders from GE Wind and Clipper Wind.
The company currently produces three units per week for Clipper Wind, with plans to increase to 10 units per week. In addition, GE Wind is also increasing from seven units per week to 15 units per week starting in September.
The company recently expanded its operating space by leasing an additional 140,000 square feet in Cicero, Ill., which will allow adequate space for its 13 additional manufacturing cell networks.
Drecoll continues to develop a culture of loyalty, and the majority of the employees have been there for more than 10 years.
HOW TO REACH: Brad Foote Gear Works Inc., (708) 298-1201 or www.bradfoote.com