Foundations for the Future
Poynter Sheet Metal (PSM) is established by Don Poynter and housed in a 30,000-square-foot shop located off Indiana State Rd 37 between Martinsville and Bloomington. The first year was lean with PSM having only a couple of contracts and few employees.
One of the area’s largest competitors to Poynter Sheet Metal closes its doors in 2001 leaving both unfinished contracts and seasoned employees available to PSM. Well-positioned to pick up this work and the needed labor force, Poynter Sheet Metal greatly benefits from having Joseph Lansdell (Poynter’s current president), Brian Neal (the current vice president of operations), and Nick West (the present-day vice president of shop operations) all come on board during this time. Concurrent with dual staff and workload growth, comes a well-needed expansion of both the office and industrial shop spaces.
After three years of rapid growth Poynter Sheet Metal automates shop processes through the change from metal sheets to metal coils. Adding both a Plasma Arch machine and a Duct Coil line enables even higher productivity with existing production, in addition to, increasing future output. As the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) division realizes more growth, so too does the Industrial division which requires another expansion of the facilities. These evolutions coupled with new business growth lead Poynter Sheet Metal to embark on its first Strategic Planning Session to better map out the company’s future direction.
Poynter Sheet Metal achieves its highest employment ever: 368 active employees.
Keeping Up With Demand
Years of increased growth have taken a toll on existing equipment, prompting Poynter Sheet Metal to purchase a new Duct Coil line with integrated, state-of-the-art automation and a new Spiral Coil machine to keep up with rising demand for ever-increasing services. The new additions reinforce Poynter Sheet Metal’s goal of being more self-sufficient and better able to meet customer needs.
Joseph Lansdell assumes the role of Poynter Sheet Metal’s presidency upon Don Poynter’s retirement. Brian Neal is named vice president of operations and Nick West is promoted to vice president of shop operations. The company purchases a new large roll to assist in the construction of tanks and other large vessel production, sparking PSM’s diversification into specialty fabrication and the acquisition of the ASME R & U Stamp; the industry’s hallmark of acceptance and certification.
Refining the Brand
With Poynter Sheet Metal’s expansion moving well beyond ductwork and traditional sheet metal offerings, the decision is made to drop “Sheet Metal” from the name and to better reflect the company’s strengths as “POYNTER” All Things Metal!
Driven to provide high quality and distinctive products, Poynter invests in a new TRUMPF 4000 Watt Laser specializing in custom applications including welding, cutting, drilling and micro-processing.2011
Poynter Builds Tanks for Sun King Brewery
Poynter is contracted to help Sun King expand their brewing capacity from a 15 Barrel System to a 30 Barrel System after Sun King wins multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival.
Susan Allison joins the leadership team as Poynter’s new Controller and a 350-ton Accupress Edge Break joins the shop as the latest addition in a long line of equipment resources.
Tasked with expanding relationships, increasing communications and improving Industry awareness of Poynter’s diverse services, Chip Parsley heads up Poynter’s Business Development efforts.
Breaking New Ground
Poynter faces upcoming challenges posed by the impending State Road 37 transition into the I-69 North expansion: the loss of 4 acres of land and a building, limited access for shipping and receiving, and years of delays caused by construction. These unplanned hurdles prove to be strong catalysts for Poynter’s revitalization, compelling the company to invest in major facility upgrades. Joseph Lansdell locates the prime location in Greenwood, IN. Poynter breaks ground June 2014 on a new 105,000 SF facility and transfers complete operations during the last two weeks of December 2014 – in a mere 7 months.
Also happening in November of this year, Poynter is honored to be named as a new member of a long standing construction alliance providing services for a Global Pharmaceutical Provider.
Poynter’s move to Greenwood further expands the company’s reach and exposure leading to increased revenue through varying lines of services. The new facility’s optimized design and layout features promoting lean production and helps showcase Poynter as an innovator and leader in the Indiana construction industry.
Poynter is honored to be accepted into the premier Peer Group of like-minded sheet metal contractors focused on implementing best practices nationally across the country. Poynter invests in a new Sub Arc welding Machine capable of welding 18’ diameter tanks. In addition, Poynter’s HVAC service group is formed beginning with the hiring of Jeremy Patterson as service manager, and a dedicated group of service technicians.2016
Poynter’s Joseph Lansdell Elected as National President of SMACNA
Joseph Lansdell, President of Poynter, was elected by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) Board of Directors to serve as National President. His year-long term in office began October 19, 2016 at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention. Joseph is the youngest President ever to lead the International Association. Lansdell has been actively involved in the sheet metal industry for two decades and served on SMACNA’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2011. He currently serves as a SFUA Article X panelist, Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Trustee on the National Pension Fund, and a member of the Investment Committee.
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