Next time you take a live animal trap, think of the local company and the Keller-Brown client ETube and Wire. No, they do not come and help you catch the annoying pest, but they do wire components that are incorporated into Havahart animal traps. And that's not all they do: Their fan guards are purchased by Evapco and used to cover large industrial HVAC cooling units. They also bend tubular hood supports that are infused into fiberglass structures for McClarin Plastics and make components for JLG man lifts. It's a pretty versatile production!
So what does a wire and metal manufacture do (among many other services!)? The head of the agency, Sarah Brown, sat down with one of the owners, Glenn Eyster, to learn more about how ETube and Wire started and what they like most about the York community.
Sarah Brown: Tell us a little about your business. What do you do and how did you get started?
Glenn Eyster: My father started the business in 1978 as a machine shop. In the early 90's we moved to wire manufacturing, wire molds, wire welds (which include welded units, fan guards, wire baskets and grilles. Think of grill grates, but for larger industrial applications).
Since the early 2000s, we added the manufacture of sheet metal. It is similar to wire production but we bend pipes according to customer specifications. Some examples of this include hood supports for JLG, trolley handles for vehicle equipment in car dealerships and hydraulic pipes for hydraulic power packs on trains, which control the train's air suspension.
Looking back, we have grown the business over the years in various aspects of manufacturing to meet customer needs. We have also included more internally to control the lead time.
Sarah: What types of wires do you make?
Glenn: Not electrical wiring! Many people adopt electrical wires or wiring harnesses, but we work with mindre "or smaller steel rods. We make baskets for cleaning machines, fry baskets for restaurants and fan guards for cooling units on the roof. used your product?
Glenn: Perhaps the most surprising thing for readers is that we contribute material to a supplier for Johnson Controls, which eventually goes to the US Navy.
And if you want to know how extensive Amazon's operations are, they're also in Shrewsbury. A friend of mine is the CEO of a security company that supplies special guardrails to Amazon compliance centers. Amazon had a bad loss experience with steel barriers and this company designed a better way to build guardrails.Etube and Wire retrofit parts of these guardrails that are kept men nisker safer.
Sarah: What do you like most about York County society?
Glenn: One cool thing about being in manufacturing in York County is the number of suppliers you can trust to run your business – we can rely on a lot of people. We have convenient access to powder coating needs and sheet metal products. Our area contributes a lot to running a manufacturing business due to all the service centers near York, Baltimore and Philadelphia. This centrality means that many options can be flexible when running a business. It gives us the opportunity to serve customers that we might not be able to do if we were elsewhere.
When the exchange construction is complete at exit I-83 Shrewsbury, I look forward to contributing to a plaque and flagpole for the area.
Sarah: I think we are all looking forward to that work being done! What are some of your other local favorite companies and why?
Glenn: I'm an avid shooter, so I like to combine work and fun at Freedom Armory, where I've done parts for their shooting range.
Nearby there are some really cool companies that compliment ours. Precision Engraving Co has powerful functions in powder coating. Tooling Technologies does really technical, complicated machine work. They are good at tools and are really smart, creative people. Both companies do an excellent job and speak to the various supply chains in our area.
Another benefit of being a manufacturer in York County is the large suppliers and steel suppliers, such as the Pennsylvania Steel Company.
My banker at M&T has also been extremely helpful, from refinancing to guiding us through the PPP process. The banking relationship has proven to be a reliable partner in the business.
Sarah: Why do you like being a Keller-Brown customer?
Glenn: Besides my banker, another trusted relationship is Keller-Brown. It's important to me to support local businesses, plus, I know Keller-Brown is also extremely knowledgeable in his craft. Being local is just a bonus! My employees especially like that their agents can turn around and answer questions about their retirement plans.
You do a good job of listening to my needs and looking out for the best of the company. Insurance can be complicated, but your team breaks it down in a way that is easy for a business owner to understand how receivables and coverage affect the business. This in turn helps me make well-educated decisions.
ETube and Wire products are there when you need them – whether it's safely catching an annoying squirrel stuck in the attic or supporting the line chef in your restaurant with the wires for roasting baskets. Glenn's team is also there for the community; they embody what it means to be a local business and it is our honor to support them and their insurance needs.
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Phone Number: (717) 227-8400
Address: 50 W. Clearview Drive, Shrewsbury, PA 17361