While Reliable Welding clients are exclusively Canadian,
Morawski and Gruger have nevertheless shipped products
all over the globe. “We’ve shipped to Venezuela, Argentina,
Mexico, Dubai. We ship worldwide.”
Reliable Welding sales are slowly recovering to pre-downturn
levels. Still, Morawski admitted, “We didn’t think it would
take five years to do it.”
For now, Morawski and Gruger plan on growing the company.
They’re aiming to double sales in the next five years. “It’s
doable,” Morawski said in a tone that is at once both confident
and optimistic. “Our facility is certainly large enough to
accommodate that growth. If we’re not running three consecutive
shifts, then there’s room to grow. And we’re always looking for
ways to optimize.”
Reliable Welding’s staff complement is also steadily
increasing. There are currently 25 employees. “Many employees
that left Reliable Welding during the downturn have now
returned and we’re very proud of our staff,” said Morawski.
Explaining their management style, Morawski said,
“We don’t have a devoted HR person. We just try to treat
Morawski and Gruger strive to be as open as possible
with their team. “We come into the lunchroom. We walk the
yard every day. They see us. We try to give our staff the right
tools to do the job. If we see someone not doing something
correctly, we ask ourselves if we gave that employee the right
information or the right tools to do what they’re supposed to.”
They must be doing something right. Reliable Welding’s
longest serving employee has been on the team for 36 years.
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“We made a conscious
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– Rick Morawski,
Reliable Welding Services
Morawski claims that they’ll be growing the company for
the next five years at least. They’re presently in the process
of acquiring a firm to bolster Reliable Welding’s screw pile
manufacturing capacity. They are also actively exploring
opening a plant outside of Alberta and are investigating
potentially suitable locations.
Reliable Welding also just opened a satellite office in
Alliston, Ont., in an effort to source more work from
Speaking with Morawski, one certainly gets the impression
that the Reliable Welding team is certainly gearing up for
something. “The economy will pick up again,” he said, “When
it does, we plan on being ready.”
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