Digger Specialties, Inc. Indiana
3639 Destiny Drive, Bremen, Indiana 46506
During 1984, in Bremen, Indiana, DSI opened its first production facility. It was a humble beginning, with a 7,000 sq. ft. vinyl fence fabrication shop, some bending equipment to shape posts for Thoroughbred Racetracks, and a small office up front. During this time, DSI developed a tool to notch rails to keep them in the posts, enabling the industry to move away from brackets and other fastening systems to the routed posts used today.
In 1992, another 6,000 sq. ft. was added as the demand for our product increased. Over the next several years, 14,000 sq. ft. of exterior concrete was added for additional inventory as DSI continued to grow. The demand for our product increased dramatically as we developed better systems, such as the hidden picket attachment.
In 1995, an adjoining property was acquired with an additional 6,700 sq. ft. of production space. the market acceptance of vinyl fencing continued to increase rapidly through the latter part of the 1990's. In 1997, an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space was added.
In April of 2000, having outgrown the existing facilities, production was moved across the street into a new state-of-the-art 60,000 sq. ft. production plant. This facility currently supports DSI's largest vinyl fabrication operation as well as our Purchasing and R&D departments.
In April of 2004, 52,500 sq. ft. of manufacturing space was added to the vinyl production plant. Today, this addition supports the production of our aluminum products. This includes a technologically advanced powder coating line that has attained PCI 4000 A2 (AAMA 2604) and A3 (AAMA 2605) certification. Our superior powder coating capabilities, and the introduction of hidden connection systems for our aluminum fencing and railing products, continue to elevate industry standards to a higher level.
This plant is staffed with an excellent group of people that care about what they do. They follow our strict quality assurance procedures well and pride themselves in shipping customer orders accurately and on time.
In 2013, DSI expanded its Bremen, IN plant to accomodate a new, state of the art powder coating machine. The addition of a new powder coating line improved lead time and production flow.
Digger Specialties, Inc. North Carolina
4256 Heath Dairy Road, Randleman, North Carolina 27317
DSI opened the North Carolina Plant in April of 1996. It is located 30 minutes south of Greensboro in the middle of North Carolina. This plant is strategically located with access to major highways for quick distribution to some of the bigger market areas in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, along with adjacent states.
This was the first plant expansion away from the corporate office located in northern Indiana. This location started with 10,000 sq. ft. of building space, a minimum amount of inventory, and the equipment needed to manufacture 75% of DSI's complete product line.
By February 1999, 12,000 sq. ft. of outside concrete had been added. In April 1999, ground was broken for a 1,400 sq. ft. addition, including a loading dock. This gave DSI the space needed to start inventorying the tan product line.
By 2002, the Randleman plant had the capability to manufacture 95% of DSI's total product line. Several pieces of equipment, including two state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, and a significant amount of inventory have been added at this location, which helps ensure our customers are serviced quickly and consistently.
This plant is staffed with a wonderful group of people that care about what they do. They follow our strict quality assurance procedures well and pride themselves in shipping customer orders accurately and on time.
Plant Manager: David Atkins
David joined DSI in January of 2002 as our Randleman, North Carolina, Plant Manager. He brings us a wealth of knowledge and over 34-years of management experience in the manufacturing sector. Prior to coming on board with DSI, David was the Finishing Department Manager at the Sara Lee Corporation in Kernersville, North Carolina; the Finishing Department Manager at Jockey, International in Randleman, North Carolina; and the Production/Safety Manager at Olympic Products/IFI (a division of Leggett & Platt), in Greensboro/Statesville, North Carolina.
A North Carolina native, David attended Guilford County Public Schools and graduated from Northwest High School in Greensboro. Outside of work, he focuses on his church and family. He is marred to Janice Collins of Madison, North Carolina, who is currently employed as an Executive Secretary by Jefferson Pilot Financial Corporation in Greensboro. They have one son, Christopher, who lives in Evanston, Illinois, and is a doctoral student in the School of Communication and Science and Disorders at Northwestern University.
Digger Specialties, Inc. Missouri
2179 County Road 10, Sarcoxie, Missouri 64862
DSI opened the Sarcoxie plant in March of 1998. This was the second remote plant for the company and it contains 7,900 sq. ft. of production and office space. In 2003, an additional 12, 500 sq. ft. of space was added to make a total of 20,400 sq. ft. It is located on a large tract of land, which gives lots of room for expansion in the future.
This plant is located within 1,000 ft. of I-44. This gives DSI great distribution advantages. We have quick distribution to our customers throughout Missouri. I-44 East is a direct routed into St. Louis and I-44 West gets us to Tulsa and Oklahoma City in several hours, and then on to Amarillo, Texas. The northern Texas markets are only 8 to 10 hours away. We can also effectively distribute to Kansas, eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, and Arkansas from this facility.
This plant is staffed with an excellent group of people. They pride themselves in shipping customer orders accurately, on time, care about producing high quality products and eagerly follow our strict quality assurance procedures.
Plant Manager: Ed Jones
Ed started with DSI in 1999 as a CNC router operator, a position he held for two years before being selected as the Plant Manager. As Plant Manager, his goal continues to be making the Missouri plant as productive, efficient, and successful as possible.
Ed's manufacturing experience includes working for Mid-America Hardwoods as a Team Leader in the gluing division and employment with Leggett & Platt.
A Sarcoxie native, Ed still resides there with his wife, April, and their four children. He attended Sarcoxie school district schools and then continued his education at Missouri Southern State College.
Digger Specialties, Inc. Georgia
5604 West Hunt Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31601
Opened in March of 2001, the Valdosta plant is the newest DSI production facility with 15,000 sq. ft. of production office space. It is located 2 miles from I-75 for quick distribution north towards Atlanta, south into Florida, or west into the southern Gulf States.
This plant has a full line of production equipment enabling us to produce what our customers need, when they need it. We have a substantial amount of well-managed inventory on hand to fill our customer orders quickly.
The Valdosta plant is staffed with an outstanding group of people that pride themselves in shipping customer orders accurately and on time. They care about what they do and they follow our strict quality assurance procedures well.
Plant Manager: Ed Jones
Ed Jones is acting Plant Manager for the Valdosta, Georgia facility.