Bryan Earnest, CEO
The COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertain economic landscape have forced many businesses to scale back. But, this turbulent period also has triggered the manufacturing of innovative new products (self-service kiosk, personal protection products, and many others) and subsequently paved the way for business diversification. To reap the benefits of this changed trade landscape, it has become essential for businesses to re-evaluate their supply chain and look for competitive domestic contract manufacturing alternatives.
Enter Earnest Products. It provides partners with full-service contract manufacturing solutions, including sheet metal fabrication, design for manufacturability support, electrical, mechanical assembly, technology integration, supply chain management, and product fulfillment. “Since our inception, we have been driven by the mission of being the name of change by ensuring a world class customer experience and developing creative solutions to complex problems,” mentions Bryan Earnest, the CEO of Earnest Products.
The company was founded by Earnest, a visionary entrepreneur, in a 3300 square feet facility over twenty-five years ago. From the beginning, his natural curiosity and passion drove him to learn about the latest technologies and equipment for his industry and visit metal fabricators around the world to shape a vision of what he eventually wanted to achieve.
In 2011, Earnest acquired a complementary business with a different customer and product mix, Southern Manufacturing, and merged it into his existing business. Under his watch, Southern more than doubled its sales. Thus, it was time to make the leap and fulfill his vision of building an advanced metal fabricating facility in central Florida. The result was relocating into a 240,000 facility and purchasing new equipment to complement the existing ones.
We now operate in a modern efficient plant which dramatically expands capacity, embraces the most advanced processing equipment, enhances capability for tight tolerance repeatable parts and assemblies, and positions the company for continued growth
Earnest informs, “We now operate in a modern efficient plant which dramatically expands capacity, embraces the most advanced processing equipment, enhances capability for tight tolerance repeatable parts and assemblies, and positions the company for continued growth.” In addition to a “world class” production facility, he has assembled an experienced and talented team with strong leadership capability. Also, the company’s robust business systems organize customer and product data and provide information to effectively launch and manage complex projects.
Such extensive experience and expertise have enabled Earnest Products to emerge as a trusted partner of many businesses during these trying times. For instance, McCarthy Fabrication, a local business, switched its current business model in the face of the pandemic crisis to start selling hand sanitizer stands online through Amazon. Being a much sought-after product, they quickly sold out their first run of products and contracted a local Powder Coater to help fulfill demand. Once the demand became too much for both McCarthy Fabrication and Powder Coater, McCarthy brought in Earnest Products to be a complete contract manufacturing solution. Not only did Earnest Products handle fabrication and powder coating, but ensured distribution and quick turnaround shipment to their customer. These hand sanitizer stands have been sold over 7,000 units in its first 30 days, which amounts to $1 million dollars in sales.
With a rich and prestigious history and instances of client success, Earnest Products has an aggressive growth strategy. They are envisioning organic growth through new and existing OEM partnerships and the development of innovative products for the transportation segment. “We believe a company-wide focus on continuous improvement through investment in our people, business systems, manufacturing capabilities and products will be the key to success of our partners and ultimately our success in a competitive global market,” concludes Earnest.