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  1. We Believe in the Family-Owned Business

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    When we introduced you to the company in a previous blog, we discussed how the founder, John Monné, and his family are still a major part of Maverick Spring Makers. The business began as one idea from Monné, and it has evolved to manufacture custom spring products for North America—and we’ve learned a lot along the way.

    For starters, we’ve always kept at the forefront of our new ideas and expansion plans on how far the company has come. Most notably, we’ve discovered our flexibility an offering not many others can replicate, and we have the ability to accommodate the customer—and employee—need without affecting the ability to deliver.

    While most businesses we tend to work with in the manufacturing industry are corporations and smaller companies, we’ve taken great pride in remaining a family-owned business—and we’re not the only ones. Out of the 500 companies on Standard and Poor’s index, approximately one-third of them are family-controlled, according to Business Insider. The publication breaks down the top 10 largest family-run businesses, including Mars, News Corp., Comcast, and Ford Motor Co. has a great round-up of success tips for family-owned companies, including the value of making mistakes, the true power of leadership, and setting parameters for business, which we completely agree with. Smaller and family-owned businesses have the opportunity to work with clients on a face-to-face level and build a relationship, and we believe these characteristics are invaluable to businesses.

    Even though Maverick Spring Makers Limited is a small, family owned business, we’re also part of something much larger.  We’re a little more than two hours away from the Windsor-Detroit border, where 25 percent of all Canada/U.S. trade crosses. The value of trade that crosses the Ambassador Bridge is equal to the value of trade between the United States and Japan.  Trade between Canada and the United States supports more than 7 million U.S jobs.

    In Canada, 98 percent of all employer businesses are classified as small business, with almost 50 percent of Canada’s total workforce employed in small business.  Approximately 86 percent of small businesses in Canada are exporters and make up more than 40 percent of private sector GDP.  More than half of small Canadian manufacturers have demonstrated commitments to research and development, and we’re no exception.  We’ll share some of our in-house innovations in future blogs.

    Want to know more about Maverick Spring Makers or do business with us? Give us a call at 800-563-7304.

  2. Welcome to Maverick Spring Makers Limited

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    John Monné

    For those of us just joining us—and others looking for a refresher on our 40-year-company history—we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves. If our name isn’t a complete giveaway, we are spring makers, but we’re much more than that, too.

    While the company was officially founded in 1968, we date it back to the late 1950s, when Holland-born John Monné was toying with an idea in his mind. He had just moved to Canada and was working at a few local spring companies. Surrounded with products and fellow spring-makers, the idea of a better way to make short runs of compression springs, with improved quality, began to evolve.   John’s idea, first built in the basement of the family home, devoloped into the Bennett-Mahler Maxi Coil spring winding lathe.  Almost 40 years after reaching the market, Bennett Mahler is still in the coiling lathe business.

    From there, Maverick Spring Makers officially formed, and business began to evolve out of short order and into mass production in the early 1970s. (Fun fact: Our first mass-production customer is still a customer to this day.) Since then, we’ve moved facilities, become the first Canadian-owned spring company to achieve QS-9000 registration, thrived in the “Great Recession,” and seen major expansions. About every 20 months we purchase new CNC machines continue to meet the needs of our customers. Our core manufacturing strengths include mass production of custom compression, extension and torsion spring manufacturing, as well as consulting and prototyping.

    John Monné is still an integral part of this company and continues to work for the company. Without his knack for developing new ideas and entrepreneurial drive, companies across North America wouldn’t have a one-stop shop for custom-manufactured springs.

    At Maverick Spring, we take the “Monné approach” seriously—and we believe innovations and creativity can begin anywhere, anytime. Because of this, we decided to create this blog as a platform to discuss industry news, trends, and our latest company updates. Feel free to subscribe to these posts, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.