December 14th, 2018
On December 4th and 5th, 2018, Falstrom Company had its annual surveillance audit. The surveillance audit was conducted by DEKRA. This audit was part of the regular cycle of audits to maintain certification for ISO 9001:2015.
Over the course of the two-day audit Falstrom Company presented the work on continuous improvement at the manufacturing facility. Team members from each department reviewed their responsibilities and provided evidence of their following the processes that Falstrom has developed to ensure that quality products are fabricated every day.
The most significant improvement at Falstrom was the development of our design procedure. DEKRA examined the process and reviewed the objective evidence Falstroms design work in our engineering department.
After reviewing the information, the audit resulted in no major findings and it was determined that no corrective actions were necessary.
With the awarding of the ISO 9001:2015 certificate, Falstrom Company continues its constant effort to maintain the highest standards of quality and excellence.
November 14th, 2018
This past week Falstrom Company employees participated in training for the E2 shop tech software. The training covered a variety of topics from optimizing man power efficiency, to tracking and maintaining an accurate and organized inventory.
Falstrom Company plans to use this software to help increase its efficiency, productivity and accuracy. Our Controller and organizer of the training Bruce Halfon stated, “This training will allow us to fully utilize all the functionality E2 has to offer in the coming year, helping us increase our overall efficiency…”
The employees are excited to integrate the training they received with their existing knowledge of the E2 to optimize the use of the software.
October 26th, 2018
This past weekend Falstrom Company hosted students and instructors from Morris County Vocational School. Tours of both the Falstrom Company floor and its K-D machine shop were provided by the production managers, Bob Eckert and Glenn D’Alessandro.
The group of students were engaging, asking all the right questions. Production Manager Bob Eckert stated after the tour, “They truly seemed interested in what they were doing.” Seeing so many young engaging student pursuing careers in metal fabrication is a promising sign for the future of manufacturing in New Jersey.
Falstrom Company looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with Morris County Vocational School, and supporting the growth of manufacturing in New Jersey.
Three Falstrom Company employees, Jozef Sidor, William Rendon and Josh Rojas have all recently received well deserved promotions.
Jozef Sidor joined Falstrom Company on July 31st, 1989 as a Metal Worker C. In January 1990 he was promoted to Metal Worker B, then to Metal Worker A in October 1999, and in October 2000 he became associate section leader. Recently he received a promotion to the position of Metal Fabrication Section Leader.
William Rendon joined K-D Industries a division of Falstrom Company in April of 2001. Since his first day here, he has held positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently he was responsible for the Lathe Department. William was promoted to the position of Production Planner making him responsible for all the Production scheduling in our K-D Industries Division.
Josh Rojas joined the K-D Industries a division of Falstrom Company in September 2011. Josh was most recently a set up mechanic and programmer in the lathe department. Josh was recently promoted to the position of Lathe Department Supervisor.
We would like to congratulate Jozef, William and Josh for their well-deserved promotions.
August 30th, 2018
This summer Falstrom Company welcomed three interns into its ranks James Blatz, a welding and assembly intern, Efrain Saldana and Kevin Barker both engineering interns. James came to us from Penn College in Williamsport Pennsylvania, where he is earning a degree in welding and metal fabrication. Efrem and Kevin came to us this summer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology where they are both earning degrees in Mechanical Engineering. All three supported the numerous projects and programs at Falstrom throughout the summer.
August 15th, 2018
Falstrom Company would like to congratulate, Nailesh Patel, one of our Quality Inspectors. Earlier this month Nailesh passed the exam to become a Certified Associate Welding Inspector as administered by the American Welding Society. Passing this six-hour exam was the culmination of a week-long training class. In recognition of this achievement and all of his hard work, Nailesh is being elevated to Inspection Associate Section leader.
July 20th, 2018
Falstrom Company recently completed a series of recertifications for both its welders and inspectors. This year we had nine welders pass their Welder Workmanship and Visual Inspection per S9074-AQ-GIB-010/248, para.5.2.3, Fabrication, S9074-AR-GIB-010/278 Acceptance Standard, and MIL-STD-2035A (SH). Additionally, seven of those welders passed their Welder Workmanship and Visual Inspection per T9074-AD-GIB-010/1688, S9074-AQ-GIB-010/248, para.5.2.3, and Acceptance Standard per MIL-STD-2035A.
Two of our inspectors pass the Welder Training and Testing Institute’s Liquid Penetrant Test (PT) and the Visual Test (VT). Both inspectors passed with high marks.
This recertification process is part of Falstrom Company’s commitment to continually improve and provide the highest quality product.
June 26, 2018
Falstrom Company welcomes four new engineers into its ranks. Robert Grosso, Karen Mazur, William Docker and Frank Passalacqua. All recent graduates of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. With this staffing addition Falstrom Company further expands its capabilities and technical proficiency. All four of the new engineers worked at Falstrom Company as interns, while attending NJIT. Falstrom Company is looking forward to having them start their careers with us.
May 25, 2018
K-D Industries, a division of Falstrom Company, has successfully completed their recertification audit to ISO 9001:2015. This certification demonstrates K-D Industries capability to maintain a rigorous quality management system. There were no findings or corrective actions from the audit. The ISO 9001:2015 certification is part of the continuous improvement that occurs on an ongoing basis at KD Industries. The new certification is valid until June 2021.
April 19, 2018
Falstrom Supports manned space flight
In April we take this time to reflect on our company’s 138-year history. We honor and recognize the employees whose hard work and innovation took Falstrom Company from a simple metal shop to an industry leader.
In the early 1960’s, Falstrom Company was one of the cabinet suppliers to General Electric Radio Guidance Division. Our cabinets where part of the Mercury-Atlas program. This was one of the first manned space programs for the United States.
Falstrom Company cabinets were used by General Electric’s Radio Guidance Operation to support the space systems Division of the U.S. Air Force radio guidance for putting Astronauts in Space.
Falstrom received an announcement and press photo documenting the achievements of the space program at the time. The photo is of Major General Ben I. Funk receiving an achievement award from President John F. Kennedy, May 21st 1963.
The K-D Division of Falstrom Company continues to support space programs with some of the products manufactured for our customers. The tradition continues…
March 1, 2018
Falstrom Company has put into service a new Trumpf TruBend 3066 press brake. The Trumpf TruBend is one of the safest, precise and most efficient machines of its kind. This Press Brake provides the capabilities of bending the strongest material while using precise angels. This capability will further enhance Falstrom’s ability to fabricate and deliver precise parts for our customers.
The Press Brake uses a Multi-touch control system that permits pre-programming of hundreds of different precise bends that are accessible with the push of a button. It also allows for a 3-D visualization of the action before it is performed. The variety of bends can be attributed to the machines ability to change tools quickly and safely. Each bend can be performed in three different ways; manually with either the Allen Key or QuickClamp, or it can be completed automatically using hydraulics.
The new press brake has a capability of 72 tons of press force and can handle pieces up to 80 inches long. The press can bend a wide range of material thicknesses and has position accuracy of 0.002 inches.
January 2, 2018
Falstrom Company announced today that it has acquired K-D Industries. K-D is a precision machining business that supports customers in the aerospace, defense, material handling and energy industries. K-D Industries will operate as a division of Falstrom Company. Chris D’Alessandro and Glenn D’Alessandro, K-D principals will continue to run the K-D Division of Falstrom Company.
Cliff Lindholm, President and CEO of Falstrom Company stated that, "The two companies together create a stronger organization that will be better positioned to support and service the combined customer base".
K-D Industries is a precision machine shop that has been owned and managed by Chris D’Alessandro and Glenn D’Alessandro for over thirty years. Chris and Glenn have transformed K-D from a small operation into a key resource for some of the critical suppliers in industries that range from aerospace to material handling.
Falstrom Company, founded in 1870, is a contract manufacturer of custom electronic enclosures and assemblies for the defense industry. Falstrom designs, fabricates and integrates systems for prime defense contractors supporting Navy and Coast Guard Ship platforms.
July 20, 2017
Falstrom Company has been selected to design, build, qualify, and deliver the Below Deck Electronics Rack Assemblies for the U.S. Navy’s Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) program. Falstrom was awarded the contract from BAE Systems, Inc.
NTCDL will provide network-centric operations, expanding and enhancing key Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for strategic communications. The data link allows the warfighter to share ISR information, forming a coordinated force.
Cliff Lindholm, President and CEO of Falstrom Company, states, “We are delighted to have been selected by BAE Systems for this critical program. It leverages Falstrom Company’s core competencies in enclosure manufacturing and electronic integration, and provides further credibility to our capability as a provider of mission-critical equipment. Falstrom Company looks forward to supporting BAE Systems on this program as we have done for many years on other mission- critical equipment."
May 8, 2017
Craig Tautges has joined Falstrom Company as a Program Manager. Craig will be responsible for upcoming program work on the Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) Program. Additionally, Craig will work with engineering and business development to manage new programs and opportunities at Falstrom Company. Craig brings over 25 years experience in engineering, program management, and business development to Falstrom Company. For the past 16 years, he has worked at DRS Power & Control Technologies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, most recently as Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Business Development. He started his career at DRS as engineering manager working on shipboard products and systems. Craig has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
March 17, 2017
Falstrom Company has been re-certified to ISO 9001:2015. The re-certification and registration continues a process that started in 2014. Falstrom was fortunate to receive a grant from the State of New Jersey Division of Labor and Workforce Development to assist with the process. The re-certification is to the updated 2015 revision of the ISO 9001 standard and represents a significant achievement for the Company. Falstrom was also assisted by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. The certification is one part of a significant training initiative at Falstrom that also included Classes in Blue Print Reading, Geometric Dimension and Tolerance, Inspection Techniques and Lean Manufacturing.
February 6, 2017
On February 6, 2017 Falstrom Company hosted a roundtable discussion on Apprenticeship programs and closing the skills gap in manufacturing. The roundtable was put together by U.S. Senator Cory Booker and NJ State Assemblyman Gary Schaer. Prior to the roundtable Falstrom Company employees and invited guests heard remarks by Falstrom Company President and CEO, Cliff Lindholm, III, Senator Booker, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Assemblyman Schaer, NJBIA President Michelle Siekerka, and NJ AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. During the roundtable discussion strategies for increasing apprenticeship use by manufacturers were discussed. Both Senator Booker and Assemblyman Schaer discussed legislation they were working on to help manufacturers attract and retain skilled workers. In addition to the focus on apprenticeship programs and the pending legislation, New Jersey’s training resources were discussed as models for closing the skill gap in manufacturing.
December 22, 2016
Falstrom Company is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a supplier of the ruggedized common cabinet series for ship board communication aboard National Security Cutter NSC-9. The ninth ship in the class is due to be designated as an Artic Flagship. A single NSC cutter is said to have more C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) than every other Coast Guard asset in the 17th District combined. Falstrom Company is proud to be able to provide important equipment to the United States Coast Guard. Work will begin in the first quarter of 2017 and be completed over an eight month period.
November 23, 2016
Falstrom Company has added four additional team members in our welding department. These staff additions are made to meet current needs of our customers and will increase our capacity in welding and Falstrom to meet new requirements. The staff additions come ahead of several new programs that are anticipated in the near term. Official program annoucements expected by the end of the year. Falstrom anticipates continued growth in the New Year and we are very excited about the future. Skilled welders can find a great career opportunity at Falstrom Company. Please feel free to apply through the careers section on our website.
October 20, 2016
October 7, 2016
At this year’s New Jersey Manufacturing Awards ceremony in Somerset, Falstrom Company was awarded the Small Business Manufacturer of the Year award. Winners were announced live at the annual “Made in New Jersey” event in celebration of the 5th annual National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 7th. The event was sponsored by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program and New Jersey Business and Industry Association. Falstrom Company has actively supported the National Manufacturing Day event since its inception. President and CEO of Falstrom, Clifford Lindholm, accepted the award on behalf of all Falstrom Company employees past and present. Also attending the event were Bill Caudle, Technical Sales Manager, and Chuck Chiu, Business Development/ Program Mgr. In addition to the awards presented, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno addressed the gathering along with Congressman Leonard Lance.
June 15, 2016
Falstrom is pleased to introduce the Trumpf TruLaser 1030 Fiber to the manufacturing capabilities. With this addition, Falstrom is able to provide our customers with enhanced products and costs. The Trumpf TruLaser is extremely efficient and provides the flexibility to manufacture subassemblies and components previously requiring subcontracting.
June 6, 2016
Jim MacFadyen comes to Falstrom with 22 years of Sales and Business Development experience. For the past 16 years, Jim has been working in the military electronic enclosure industry. Most recently, Jim was the Director of Sales and acting President of Wendon Corporation in Connecticut. Falstrom welcomes Jim to our team.
June 4, 2015
Today, Falstrom Company launches their revitalized website. It has been several years since the website has been redesigned. The new design is easier to navigate and better represents Falstrom Company to those looking for information regarding the focus and capabilities of the company. The website will continue to develop as Falstrom Company beings to acquire and utilize new technologies to expand our reach into new business segments in the manufacturing industry.
May 29, 2015
Falstom Company celebrated its 145th anniversary in 2015. As a part of the celebration, Falstrom Company recognized employees who completed 25 years of service during the past 5 years. This year, nine employees were inducted into the Quarter Century Club. At a gathering of current employees and Falstrom alumni, CEO & President, Cliff Lindholm stated, "We have been fortunate for 145 years to have an outstanding succession of committed men and women who have contributed to the company through both good and difficult times." He highlighted the dedication and commitment that Falstrom employees have shown and continue to show. Falstrom Company is proud of the newly-inducted members of the Quarter Century Club. Having achieved 25 years of employment at Falstrom Company is a milestone that is not often achieved. Falstrom Company is proud that since the Quarter Century Club was established in 1969, a total 117 employees have been recognized for their service.
May 22, 2015
Falstrom Company exhibited at the Federal Direct Access Exhibition on March 11 in Wrightstown, NJ to showcase Falstrom products and services while networking with military personnel in mangement and engineering fields. The FDA Exhibition is an exceptionally planned and executed event where military personnel can discuss their needs and challenges. The picture to the left is of Chuck Chiu, Falstrom Company's Business Development and Program Manager, showcasing Falstrom Company's passion for the industry.
March 24, 2015
Falstrom is proud to annouce that the company is a certified supplier for L3 SPD. Falstrom have a long-standing tradition of producing shock-hardened electronic enclosures with integrated electromechanical assemblies for mission critical military systems. Falstrom systems are used in applications which include sever environments such as Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), shock, vibration and thermal requirements. We are proud of our current business with L3 and look forward to new developments in the near future.
February 20, 2015
Falstrom Company will exhibit our metal fabrication, electronic enclosure manufacturing, and electronic assembly capabilities at the joint base McGuire/Ft. Dix/Lakehusrt Federal Direct Access Exhibition. The event will be hosted at Tommy B' Community Center, Building 2705, East Arnold Avenue (McGuire side) in Wrightstown, NJ on March 11, 2015.