David Larsen knows how to read the ripple effects of big changes, and as co-president and one of the founders of Mundelein, Ill.-based Larsen Manufacturing, he’s made quite a lot of them. What was once a small custom stamper is now a $45 million, 225-employee diversified metal manufacturer with an additional location in El Paso, Texas, and a manufacturing partner in Hong Kong, which has been serving the market in Asia since 2005.
The history of Larsen’s company is a study in change management. The organization was launched in 1999, but it has roots in a predecessor stamping company that goes back to the 1940s. The story reflects a lot on the state of metal fabrication and manufacturing in general. If a manufacturer isn’t changing, it’s dying.
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