John and Terri Freudenberger open Industrial Steering Products, a predecessor and sister-company to Triton Metal Products. Today, both companies continue to serve customers throughout the Midwest.
Industrial Steering Products purchases its first Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine, vastly expanding the company’s capabilities.
Founder John Freudenberger pioneers several advancements that make an impact throughout the metal fabrication industry. Most notably, the Industrial Steering Products team found a way to bypass the need for custom dies traditionally associated with individual parts/models. This creates substantial cost savings for customers. In addition, ISP begins manufacturing the Pitman Arm and drag link steering components.
Justin and Tricia permanently join the family business, bringing a wealth of experience from their previous careers and implementing process that ultimately help streamline operations at Triton.
Business booms, requiring multiple expansions and six physical moves.
One of Triton’s customers presents a problem: They’ve designed a new suspension system for their RVs, but no other fabricator can figure out how to engineer the piece they need. Under the leadership of Justin Freudenberger, Triton figures out how to make the entire suspension kit and creates a prototype. Triton purchases a laser, and begins the project. This marks the beginning of the company’s transition from dedicated machine shop to multifaceted fabricator.
Triton begins using the Shop System E2 ERP software, allowing for improved project flow and expanded inventory management capabilities.
After working at Boeing and Lockheed Martin, son John joins the family business.
Triton Metal Products hires staff engineers and creates an on-site engineering department, solidifying its commitment to providing virtually every element of the fabrication process.
Triton Metal Products purchases its first press brake and laser cutter, allowing the company to provide additional services to a growing base of customers.
The next addition to Triton Metal Products’ lineup of services is robotic welding.
Triton Metal Products receives the coveted ISO Certification, an industry benchmark for quality workmanship and performance.
Industrial Steering Products purchases a tube laser, once again expanding its service offerings.
Triton Metal Products experiences a period of growth, continually adding processes and expanding the breadth of its operations. The company’s commitment to providing innovative solutions is at the heart of its efforts.
After growth, Triton Metal Products move for the eighth time. The company now operates from a newly-renovated, 93,000-square-foot facility in Hamilton, Indiana, where there is ample room for future growth.
Continually seeking to raise the bar, Triton Metal Products embarks on a company-wide brand development project. This exercise was designed to unearth and communicate what makes Triton different…and why that matters to so many of Triton’s loyal customers. This activity delivered an impact far greater than anyone involved could have known at the time. With some guidance from a small team of brand strategists, the leadership of Triton worked together to understand and clarify the Triton Brand. They pursued insight at every level, from team members inside the company, to the customers who year after year trust Triton with their business. The resulting effort solidified Tritons position in the market, and caused them to re-double their efforts to make a real difference for their customers, team members and their community. Making a meaningful difference became a unifying promise, and ultimately a rallying cry that positively impacted the Triton culture, the solutions they provide, and the communities they serve.