At The Breiner Company, we are a non-metallic die cutting job shop. Unless you are familiar with this industry, you probably have no clear idea of what that means. So, you might wonder, what does that really mean? Let’s break it down:
- Non-metallic – Our focus is on almost any materials that come in sheets or rolls that is not metal. The materials we most often use are rubber (Buna-S & Nitrile), sponge rubber, neoprene, silicone, felt, foam, and compressed non-asbestos. We also make a great variety of parts from cork, vegetable fibre, beater addition sheet, PTFE, EPDM, graphite sheet, and even leather. We stock a number of brand specific materials like Garlock™, Klinger™, Teflon®, Lexan®, Nomex®, Formex®, Kapton®, Mylar®, and Poron®. So, if it is flat and not metal, think of The Breiner Company!
- Die Cutting – Die cutting is the process of taking steel rules (a flat, thin piece of steel sharpened along one edge) that are formed or assembled as a tool in the shape of the part to be cut. In laymen’s terms, it is a lot like a cookie cutter. Once the tool is created, it is installed onto a press, the material is inserted (either under or over the steel rule die, depending on the type of press), and the part is cut from the material.
- Job Shop – A job shop is a fabrication facility that makes many different types of products at the customer’s request. We are contracted by our customers to cut the type of parts that they want, at the specific quantity that they want, delivered when they want them. Parts that we have made over the years have been used in multiple industries: defense, medical, aerospace, automotive, agriculture, machinery & equipment builders, and pump manufacturers. We have also worked a great deal with distributors and maintenance departments. We do not have a product of our own, at least not yet (more to come on that another day).
Now that you know a little bit more of what we do, who are we really? We are a customer driven company. But everyone says that! Yes, a lot of companies look at themselves in this fashion and write it into their mission statement and maybe even into their quality policy. At the end of the day, it is not a mantra or a slogan or a creed…it is an action. We act upon this very principle each and every day. We love to show it in action.
For example, we close our shop around the holidays each year. In 2015, we were able to get caught up enough on orders due in early January that we were able to be closed after December 18th until the new year, giving our employees a much deserved break. On Monday, December 21st, Joe & Jake were in to handle a few administrative items they wanted to clear up before the new year. A customer who buys once in a great moon called and needed a rushed part – they had a tanker truck that needed to be completed by the end of the year. We had never made the part before. They had no print. They needed a quantity of one. So, they brought the part needing replaced to The Breiner Company and Jake had it ready for the customer within the hour.
Does that sound a little bit like bragging? I hope so, because it is. Our daily routine is reacting in this manner, regardless of the customer’s size and history with us, to help them remove one less worry off of their plate. We pride ourselves on being easy to work with.
It‘s who we are!