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Custom Fabrication Division Building Expansion Nears Completion

Custom Fabrication Division Building Expansion Nears Completion

POSEYVILLE, IN (January 5, 2022)We have been expanding our Custom Fabrication Shop on Frontage Rd., north of Poseyville to add greater crane capacity, taller headroom, and more production space. As of now, the project is still moving forward. We are behind on our original schedule due to COVID-19, and supply chain issues, but ultimately we are moving forward.

Majority of the exterior site work is complete, the building sheeting is complete, crane rails are set (our Structural Fabrication Division is fabricating the bridge rails), electrical / mechanical is 80% complete, heaters are hung, and all doors are hung, but we are waiting on openers.

Up next will be the installation of the crane bridge / hoist, tying two buildings together (once the heat is on), and installing the fire suppression system. With a little luck, we should be operational by the end of Q1 2022.

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Superior Fabrication Owner Retires After 4 Years With Nix

Superior Fabrication Owner Retires After 4 Years With Nix

POSEYVILLE, IN (December 28, 2021) – Nix Companies Inc. announces the retirement of Curtis Drake, former owner of Superior Fabrication in Rockport, IN.

About Superior Fabrication: Superior Fabrication was founded in 1997 by Curtis Drake of Owensboro, KY. He has been a native of the area his entire life and had a passion for serving the tri-state community through his business. 

About Nix Acquisition: Nix acquired Superior Fabrication in 2018, where it then became Nix Structural Fabrication Division. Curtis remained employed with Nix as the division’s Operations Manager for 4 years.

Matthew Nix, President of Nix Companies, offered the following statement: “It has been an honor to carry on the legacy of Superior Fabrication that Curtis Drake built. From the day we took over the business until his last day, four years later, Curtis continued to treat the business like his own. His dedication allowed us to grow the business significantly, and his leadership helped prepare the next generation of leaders for this division. I have learned a lot working alongside Curtis. We will certainly miss him, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.”  

Nix is a metal fabricator and specialty trades contractor. We specialize in manufacturing, maintenance, and industrial products sales. We believe our competitive advantage is the caliber of our people, our corporate culture, and our mission to “Be Big, Act Small ℠”. This means we are big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you.

To learn more about Nix, visit www.nixmetals.com

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Nix Announces Acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine, Inc.

Nix Announces Acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine, Inc.

POSEYVILLE, IN (October 18, 2021) – Nix Companies Inc. is proud to announce that it has acquired Northend Gear & Machine, Inc., a Fairfield, Ohio, based company specializing in machining, gear manufacturing, gearbox repair, and rebuilding.  ‘Northend’ is now an independent division of Nix Metals, which is Nix Companies’ primary operating entity, and will continue to serve its growing customer base from its Fairfield facility, located just north of Cincinnati. 

About Northend: Northend Gear & Machine was founded in 1988 by partners Dave Shope, Duane Ratcliff, and Dan Rockenfelder.  It was operated continuously by the trio for 33 years where it grew from a small garage shop into a dominant regional shop, housed in a 30,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility, with an exceptional team.The current management team comprises over 160 years of combined experience. 

The previous owners provided the following statement: “While the decision to transition ownership of the business wasn’t easy, the fact that we and Nix Companies share the same vision for the future of the shop and value for our employees, sure eased our minds. Their commitment to continued operation of the business and our customers was a huge attraction. Please know, Northend Gear will strive to service our customers’ needs as we have for the last 33 years, and we believe you are in good hands.”

About Nix: Nix is a metal fabricator and specialty trades contractor. We specialize in manufacturing, maintenance, and industrial products sales. We believe our competitive advantage is the caliber of our people, our corporate culture, and our mission to “Be Big, Act Small ℠”. This means we are big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you. We are a midwestern based company with a national reach. 

Nix was founded in Poseyville, Indiana, in 1902 as a blacksmith shop by Charles Nix, the great-great-grandfather of the current fifth-generation principal owners, Matthew and Adam Nix. Nix has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” as well as INC 5000’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” in the U.S. We stand on the foundation of our century old values, while Forging Ahead℠ to find better solutions that help keep America’s Industries safe, efficient, and reliable. ​

Matthew Nix, President of Nix Companies, offered the following statement about the acquisition: “Over five generations, our business has grown and evolved, but our core values have remained the same. We share similar values and culture with the Northend Gear & Machine management team, a key factor in our decision to partner with them. We have retained all team members and are excited to bring them into our extended Nix family and corporate culture. This acquisition continues to build upon our strong and synergistic portfolio of metal services. It also expands our core geography and customer base eastward, while adding some outstanding and experienced team members.”

To learn more about Northend Gear & Machine, visit: www.northendgear.com 

To learn more about Nix Companies, visit: www.nixcompanies.com 

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Nix Awarded E-REP Community Champion of the Year

Nix Awarded E-REP Community Champion of the Year

POSEYVILLE, IN (OCTOBER 1, 2021) – Nix, a metal fabricator and specialty trades contractor is proud to announce we have been awarded the Community Champion of the Year by the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership.

The Evansville Regional Economic Partnership Community Champion of the Year Award is given to a business whose proven to have a strong culture of team success, an entrepreneurial capacity to scale up business, and a commitment to strengthening their home community. Nix began with the strong support from the local community and stands by the belief of returning the same support in any way possible. The Nix team has a common saying, “Our People Make The Difference,” because it is the team members who continue to dedicate time to the community and preserve the company’s unique culture.

Matthew Nix, President, offered the following statement about the award: “We are humbled to be recognized as a community champion. Our Vision is: To create world class employment opportunities and be recognized as a national leader in our industry. Part of being a ‘leader’ is the way in which we give back to our community. We do that through acts of service as well as by fostering prosperity and entrepreneurship. Simply put, we want our business to be a force for good in the world.” 

About Nix Companies: At Nix, we believe our competitive advantage is the caliber of our people, our corporate culture, and our mission to “Be Big, Act Small”. Founded in 1902, we are a fifth-generation, family business with multiple locations and operating divisions. We stand on the foundation of our century old values, while Forging Ahead to find better solutions that help keep America’s Industries safe, efficient, and reliable.

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Custom Fabrication Division Continues Building Expansion

Custom Fabrication Division Continues Building Expansion

POSEYVILLE, IN (September 30, 2021) – As of now, the highbay project is moving forward and on schedule. Since last quarter we have really seen good headway. The building pad, concrete, and steel erection are all complete. The building is currently in the process of being sheeted and should be completed by the second week in October.

Up next will be mechanical/electrical, fire suppression system, and tieing the two buildings together (removing south wall of existing building to merge the two buildings). Our Structural Fabrication team members are currently in the process of fabricating the 25 ton crane runway and bridge beams. The crane system will be erected in house and shooting to be operational by the end of the year.

Site work should be wrapped up by the end of October.

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Custom Fabrication Division Begins Building Expansion

Custom Fabrication Division Begins Building Expansion

POSEYVILLE, IN (JULY 22, 2021)We are expanding our Custom Fabrication Shop on Frontage Rd., north of Poseyville to add greater crane capacity, taller headroom, and more production space. Our Pre-Production Team (estimating & engineering) will also be relocating to Frontage Road. This will provide them with better office space and also be closer to the work they are supporting.

As of now, Arc Construction (the general contractor) has broken ground on the high bay. The pad is complete along with the laydown yard extension. The next step will be to start digging footings for the building columns and pour the concrete pad. The pre-engineered building package should drop by the third week of July and hopefully, we are erecting steel in August. We are still shooting for substantial completion of this project by the second week of October.

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Nix Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management System

Nix Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management System

POSEYVILLE, IN (JUNE 15, 2021) – Nix, a metal fabricator and specialty trades contractor is proud to announce that it’s Custom Fabrication Division has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system.  

 

ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognized quality management standard that was developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  The certification provides a model for companies of all sizes and industries to utilize in developing an effective quality management system.  The standard which is based on various quality management principles includes having a strong customer focus, the involvement of high-level company management, an outlined process-based approach, and ongoing continuous improvement.  

 

Matthew Nix, President, offered the following statement about the certification: “I am excited and optimistic about the opportunity and benefits that this accreditation brings to our core business and customers.  I am also proud of our team members for this achievement.  Their level of commitment shows our dedication to ensuring quality and providing the best possible service to our customers.”

 

Nix is a metal fabricator and specialty trades contractor, specializing in manufacturing, maintenance, and industrial products sales. We believe our competitive advantage is the caliber of our people, our corporate culture, and our mission to “Be Big, Act Small”. This means we are big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you. We are a midwestern based company with a national reach. Founded in 1902, we are a fifth-generation, family business with multiple locations and operating divisions. We stand on the foundation of our century old values, while Forging Ahead to find better solutions that help keep America’s Industries safe, efficient, and reliable.

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Nix Family Scholarship 2021

Nix Family Scholarship 2021

We are excited to announce our 2021 Nix Family Scholarship recipients.

The Nix Family Scholarship was established to provide a $1,000 scholarship for a student from North Posey High School, Gibson Southern High School and Mater Dei High School. To receive the scholarship, the student must be furthering their education in the trades or advanced manufacturing (robotics, mechanical engineering, industrial supervision, industrial maintenance, drafting/CAD, or related field).

This year, we were fortunate to be able to attend North Posey’s Senior Honor Program.  Adam Nix, Vice President of Nix Companies, presented Tyler Thompson with his scholarship.  The two other scholarship award recipients were Ayden Elpers of Mater Dei High School and Owen Bryant of Gibson Southern High School.

Congrats to all the 2021 High School Graduates!

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2020 Year In Review Newsletter

2020 Year In Review Newsletter

Featured Projects

Nix Companies & Captivated Content Partnership

Nix Companies Inc. & Casey Voelker have partnered to form Captivated Content LLC, based out of Poseyville, IN, which will specialize in content & video creation for businesses needing help improving their brand awareness, building communication to customers, recruiting top talent, & implementing a consistent video marketing strategy into their overall marketing plan.

Website: https://www.captivatedcontent.com/

Contact (812) 214-1108 or email‬ info@captivatedcontent.com

Quality - ISO PATH

In addition to being AISC Certified at our Structural Fabrication Division, we have been putting the pieces in place over the past few years to be ISO Compliant within all divisions. In 2020, we partnered with Purdue MEP to finalize our ISO Program and take it from being ISO Compliant to being ISO 9001: 2015 Certified. We are in the final stages of this program and expect to have our certification within the first half of 2021. Our Custom Fabrication Division will be the first to become ISO 9001: 2015 Certified which we will then look to replicate across all other divisions. Producing quality products and services for our customers is a top priority at Nix, and we are excited to be taking the next steps in our quality journey to ensure that we can continue to meet or exceed our customer’s quality expectations.

Safety Zero Downtime Injuries

In 2020, NIX overall achieved 371,071 man-hours worked with zero downtime injuries!

In January, the Nix Structural Fabrication Division achieved 2 years of zero downtime injuries!

In March, the Nix Shop & Field Coatings Division hit 5 years of zero downtime injuries!

In November, the Nix Custom Fabrication Division reached 2 years of zero downtime injuries!

Community Engagement

Team members from our Repairs & Maintenance Division, in Poseyville, Indiana, volunteered time to help unload boxes of dairy products and produce donated by Prairie Farms Dairy to be shared with those in our community.

Several team members of Nix Companies participated in the Annual United Way Day of Caring in Posey County. This year the team assisted with the grounds clean up at the Poseyville Park and Poseyville Carnegie Library.

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A Message from Matthew

“Happy New Year!” For many people, I think those three words have an extra special ring this year. What an interesting year 2020 has been. Among the many challenges the year brought (working from home, virtual schooling, being laid off, quarantine, sick loved ones, cancelled events, cancelled church, drive through graduations and funerals, re-scheduled vacations, smaller holiday gatherings, and the list goes on) I hope you found a sliver of light in all the darkness. Maybe 2020 was a great year for you and your family? Maybe you enjoyed the extra downtime and were able to spend some quality time as a family? Maybe, like me, you built a treehouse with your kids (something you may not have otherwise found the time to do in all the craziness of the world). Or, like my wife, you went to the park with the kids or just went for a walk during the pretty spring days of quarantine. Maybe, like us, you welcomed a new member to the family. Whatever it was, I hope this slow down brought you and your family a few positives that you will take with you into the new year. And if 2020, was in fact the most challenging year yet (as it understandably was for many), I hope that 2021 brings you and your family a new start.

Nix Family Update

Grandpa, ‘Sonny’ (Carl Jr.) is 86 and doing wonderful! He still plays golf, goes to the gym, hunts, fishes, works in his garden (next to our main office) and (of course) keeps tabs on us. He has attended our recent company wide meetings and is always the most popular guest. Dad, (Bill) is 66, sem-retired, and still working 3-4 days a week. Although, I think he’s leaning more toward 3 lately. We may need to revisit his contract.  Lindsey is working with us in business development & PR. Her and I just welcomed our third Son, Roman Tyler Nix in November. Charlie and Mason will be 7 and 5 in March. My father-in-law, (Don) continues to work for us part time after retiring from a 40 year career with UPS. Don keeps the pace around here and he’s the only part time guy I’ve ever met who manages to get into overtime hours . Adam is running one of our 6 operation divisions as well as leading our corporate wide health & safety program. He and his wife are expecting their second daughter this spring. Their daughter Harper is 3. 

New Hires

NCI
Mark MillerGovernment Sales Specialist
NIX
Eric BeckerleIT & Data Manager
Kyle Attebury Corporate Sales Manager
Miranda Johnson Marketing/ Sales Specialist
PRE-PRODUCTION
Will SingletonProject Engineer
HERITAGE MACHINING
Jeff JonesMachinist
Ryan SchmittMachinist
CUSTOM FABRICATION
Matt BlairWelder/ Fabricator
Derick WoodShop Foreman
Jayce PfisterWelder/ Fabricator
STRUCTURAL FABRICATION
Tommy KrawetzParts/ Kit Mater
Jarrod SmithStructural Detailer
FIELD COATINGS
Zach DouglasRoof Coatings Coordinator
Corbin WilkersonRoof Coatings Technician
SHOP COATINGS
Sean BassSkilled Labor

Promotions & New Board Members

Adam Schmitt
VP of Business Development & Administration

Brian Merkley
VP of Operations

Brandon Wright
VP of Operations

Jake Sturgell
Shop Forman

Blake Mahoney
Welder

Jim Stratman
Founder & CEO, Enviroplas, Inc.

Kyle Fields
VP and GM of Evansville, IN SS&C Technologies, Inc.

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Nix Companies Promotes 3 New Corporate Officers and Welcomes 2 New Board of Advisory Members

Nix Companies Promotes 3 New Corporate Officers and Welcomes 2 New Board of Advisory Members

POSEYVILLE, IN (OCTOBER 26, 2020) – Nix Companies Inc. is proud to announce its Board of Directors have promoted the following team members to Corporate Officers and Vice Presidents: Adam Schmitt (Vice President of Business Development & Administration), Brian Merkley (Vice President of Operations) and Brandon Wright (Vice President of Operations). In addition to these promotions, the Board of Directors has approved two new Board of Advisory Members: Kyle Fields (Vice President and General Manager of Evansville, IN SS&C Technologies, Inc.) and Jim Stratman (Founder and CEO of Enviroplas, Inc.).

 

Matthew Nix, President & CEO, shares the following statement: “I’m proud to recognize these gentlemen and officially elevate their roles within the company to properly reflect their leadership, commitment, and responsibility levels. Each of them has made substantial contributions to our company’s growth and success. In fact, Adam and Brian were the 1st and 2nd salary, support staff, positions I ever hired here at Nix Companies. Brandon joined soon after to lead our first acquisition as the G.M. Since those early days, we have grown the company over 7,000%. This group, along with Adam Nix, Executive Vice President, and Jared Baehl, C.F.O, now make up our Executive Team. With this talented team at the helm, we are surely poised for continued growth.”

 

 

Adam Schmitt
Vice President of Business Development & Administration

 

Adam Schmitt joined the organization as the first sales person in the company’s history. Adam has been instrumental in the company’s growth and evolution. Adam’s ability to see outside the box, his knack for product development, and his customer relationship skills are of great value. Today, he leads our company’s business development and administration efforts and team which include, human resources, IT, new product marketing. Under Adam’s direction, we continue to see our business expand on its current offerings as well as forge into new markets

 

 

 


Brian Merkley
Vice President of Operations


Brian Merkley joined our organization as the first General Manager of one of our business units, Nix Coatings. Brian has a degree from Indiana State University in construction management, and prior work experience in operations management. His excellent ‘boots on the ground’ leadership style and problem solving skills have earned him high regard with his team members and a track record for results. Today, Brian leads the coatings operations. From scheduling, to staffing, to maintenance, Brian keeps our facilities running, our customers happy, and our reputation soundly growing.

 



 

Brandon Wright
Vice President of Operations

Brandon joined our company in 2015 to manage our newly acquired Nix Equipment. Brandon was instrumental in development of processes and procedures, integration, and provided the necessary leadership to move this new division ahead. Brandon now leads 3 of our manufacturing business units as the General Manager and oversees our quality and continuous improvement company wide. In his operations role he is able to leverage his degree in industrial technology and industrial distribution from Purdue University and his decade plus experience in a similar business, to develop and lead our growing company’s needs in areas such as safety, quality, compliance, and continuous improvements.

 

 

 

 

“Since its inception 4 years ago, our Executive Board of Advisors has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of our organization. Bringing together a group of this nature ensures diversity in thought, strategy, and invaluable council on major decisions. We are forever grateful to Sean Georges (Shoe Carnival) and Tim Sholits (previously Ameriqual and White Stallion Energy) who have completed their board terms, and we welcome Kyle Fields and Jim Stratman, whom I’m confident will be outstanding additions.”

– Matthew Nix

 

Kyle Fields
Vice President and General Manager of Evansville, IN SS&C Technologies, Inc

 

Kyle Fields joined SS&C in 2010 and started the Evansville, Indiana office in March of 2011, which now has approximately 235 employees focusing on the Alternative Assets including the global hedge, private equity and fund of fund administration unit of SS&C GlobeOp Fund Services. Prior to SS&C, he worked for Mead Johnson and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kyle has an undergraduate degree from University of Southern Indiana and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

 

 

 

Jim Stratman
Founder & CEO, Enviroplas, Inc.


Jim composed the business plan for Enviroplas, Inc. as his thesis for the Capstone Business Plan Course in The Nationally Ranked Ball State University Entrepreneurship Program at The Miller College of Business securing the “Top Plan Award” as well as The National Federation of Independent Business Excellence Award in 1993. The company now has nearly 100 employees and thrives as an Engineering Thermoplastic Resin Manufacturer serving the Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Military, and Consumer Appliance markets among others.

 

 

 


Nix Companies Inc. is a fifth-generation family business that specializes in metal fabrication and specialty trades contracting within the commercial, industrial, and government sectors. NIX is committed to being an excellent employer and partner in the community.


You can learn more about the NIX team here: https://www.nixcompanies.com/who-we-are/our-team