Cox looks back at 2018, and welcomes 2019.
The turning of a new year often gives Cox Manufacturing the opportunity to reflect on the previous year, and the beginning of 2019 is no different. 2018 was a year of milestones for Cox, full of special recognitions and records.
2018 turned to a focus on growth, bringing in over 40 new employees, nearly half of which are currently enrolled in the apprenticeship program. The effort to grow the employee base was helped by multiple news features, as well as an increase in social media presence. More potential employees also utilized the revamped and modernized company website, which was live for its first full year in 2018. New and old employees contributed to a record sales month in August of 2018, and participated in celebrating three milestone employee anniversaries--two 20-years, and one 30-year.
The Company's most modern expansion of 2018 was the establishment of plans to participate in the ever-growing and influential Industry 4.0 movement. Cox has already begun to standardize and upgrade outdated machinery and accessories, with the ultimate intention being the interconnectedness of all production machines and the ability for them to communicate directly with in-house software. This customization will allow for shop-wide reliability and more efficient continuous productivity.
Looking forward, 2019 holds the potential to be an even greater year. Cox is starting out 2019 with attendance at two trade shows. Cox representatives will be hosting a booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 22nd to January 26th, showcasing the Company's firearms components. In February, Cox will be present at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West trade show in Anaheim, California, showcasing the capabilities of precision medical manufacturing. Later in the year, Cox Manufacturing will be once again presenting the San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA) South Central Texas Manufacturing Trade Show and Conference in San Antonio.
Cox will also be releasing a batch of website updates, with several new pages to expand the digital reach of the Company's culture. Website visitors will soon be able to browse through an interactive timeline of Cox Mfg's rich company history, and several existing pages will receive a more modern facelift.
Finally, the construction of the Company's fourth building, a two-story toolroom and break area, is expected to be complete in spring of 2019. A grand opening party and dinner will be held in the new building for employees to celebrate. The building will provide a much-needed larger area for the in-house tool and die-making equipment, including a new, state-of-the-art Anca MX7 Linear CNC grinder with laser measurement, tool probes, and fully-integrated simulation software to create better, more precise tooling. Future building plans include an expansion to the existing material warehouse, which may begin construction late this year.
All in all, Cox Manufacturing has much to look forward to in this new year, and will undoubtedly continue to grow.