MaXfield Inc. marks 10 years in business
By: Patricia Riley
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 06:00 am
“It doesn’t matter what the world throws at us, we’ll get through it. We’ll survive.”
Darren Shafer, sales manager of five years at MaXfield Inc., says the growth of the company has been very successful over the past decade. Marking 10 years on March 19, MaXfield held a staff barbecue to celebrate and show appreciation to all of the dedicated employees.
The company’s name – MaXfield - stands for Manufacturing Crossfield. It serves Western Canada with designing, engineering, fabricating, packaging and servicing a range of pressure vessels, pipe spooling, structural skids, and cargo transports.
The company was born on March 19, 2002, with extending roots to Western Rock Bit Co. Ltd. which has owned the property since 1962.
A majority of Western Rock Bit’s employees stayed with MaXfield, which grew from 40 employees to 245 over the past decade.
“It’s nice that we are able to keep local trades people local - it is a local success story,” said Shafer.
Shafer believes the company would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the teamwork of the many employees. That’s why the company’s motto is ‘together we can’.
Ron Hermann is an employee who has worked for the company for 46 years, having started at Western Rock Bit in 1966. Hermann says the growth of the company has been “unreal.”
The equipment is more modern, there were no female employees when he started, and the safety regulations definitely weren’t as strict as they are now.
Budi Setiawan, the board chair of MaXfield, has worked for the company for more than 30 years.
“My job is the easiest because I get to take credit of all the success,” jokes Setiawan.
He said keeping the company local has been the key to its success.
“I think we have great people working for us,” he said.
MaXfield represents “people, passion, and perseverance,” and will only continue to grow, he added.