The founder’s daughter and welding firm steeled for future success

  • The founder’s daughter and welding firm steeled for future success
    Independent.t. E.
    Thurles is famous as the place where the GAA was founded. He is also well known as the birthplace of the tycoon Tony Ryan aviation, pop star una Healy and comedian Pat Shortt. From a few miles down the road, another name to add to that list-Jack O Dwyer, founder of pressure welding Manufacturing.
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Thurles is famous as the place where the GAA was founded. He is also well known as the birthplace of the tycoon Tony Ryan aviation, pop star una Healy and comedian Pat Shortt. From a few miles down the road, another name to add to that list-Jack O Dwyer, founder of pressure welding Manufacturing.

Jack started as an apprentice mechanical fitter in 1964 and honed their craft in sugar factory, power plants and other industrial giants of the time. One word, it is regularly used when he met him in “Quality”. It was clearly a priority with his mentors at the time and was a constant spirit of Jack so far.

Temporary Emigration

The mechanical side also includes other related tasks such as metal fabrication and welding. Jack built his career, entrepreneurial spirit starts to bubble. In 1979 he moved to Australia for a year to earn money working on diesel engines in quarry mine iron ore. He returned and quickly built its reputation on projects in the valley of ice cream, Procter & gamble, Erin foods and pine health.

I always wondered these disturbing first steps that SMEs when deciding to hire your first employee. But it’s not a big decision for Jack to hire more artists. Business flowed in on the back of its reputation for quality work. Pressure welding Manufacturing (PWM) became official in 1980.

Around the same time, a number of pharmaceutical and food and beverage was created. Their needs for precision metal fabrication and welding using stainless steel, is very specific. Tanks, trucks and pipes often have to be custom made in accordance with high Specification installations.

In The ‘Orbital Welding’ Milestone

In 1988, Jack discovered a new technology and became one of the first to introduce a computerized orbital welding in Ireland. (I have no technical details, it is a form of computerized precision welding, where the joint in the pipe is clamped and seamless welding both inside and outside. While this can be seen in the attachment point.) It was a £50,000 investment at the time. For a small company, it was a really bold move.

Orbital welding is a highly skilled process which requires a certain level of dexterity. It is as ideal and expected in high-purity industries where hygiene standards are stringent. Shim now has five such machines, which are mobile and can accommodate working on the private client site.

Business secured some great clients such as Amneal Pharmaceuticals, tinctures Fun game (food and beverages), Procter & gamble (cosmetics) and as subcontractors on some of the most famous names in the semiconductor industry.

A Family Row

PWM is not to avoid the cruel wind that came with the recession in 2008. Many other engineering companies are closed. PWM faced with temporarily scaling down from more than 20 to three. It helped that the business has grown conservatively and not take unnecessary debts. However, he returned to service as needs determine.

Today the business employs 15 people and, faced with a new future daughter Sinead joined the family business. Although in a different industry, she decided to give this a try for six months. It was in 2015, so clearly it was a success. “We have similar personalities, our abilities complement each other and our roles and responsibilities very clearly,” said Sinead.

Jack now focuses on the technical side of the business and leaves all the other controls for Sinead. They have a shared vision of the future and values is just a sign of respect to all they come in contact.

When they massturbate to a level that made them eligible for financial support from enterprises in Ireland, they took great value from their assigned mentor. Together they built a three-year project, which gave them a revised vision and strategy (North star).

The main elements that are part of the succession, stabilize the business and export to new markets. A great advantage of this process is to gain access to the strategies that major corporations use, and adapted for PWM.

Change of thinking in the industry

The PWM is that most people would describe as an industry dominated by men. Sinead admits he was a little worried about that in the beginning, but was received with great respect wherever she goes. Deciding to build on the track record of her father, but also to bring the business to a new level, she became a part-time Trinity MBA. This includes projects, practical work, leadership and personal development, and General knowledge about strategy and Finance. It has helped her to think, given its structure and the confidence to face the future.

Tipperary has changed since, when Jack began. Although there are a number of local investments, major projects are concentrated in Dublin and Cork. Growth for PWM will have from these places and from outside Ireland.

With a new sense of purpose and desire scale, Sinead is as dynamic as her father. They soon will hire a chief engineer to work with Jack and to ensure a structured transfer of technical knowledge. But make no mistake, Jack will be around for years to come.

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