Family-run firm adapts with times
David Moxlow, the second-generation owner of Trenton Forging Co., first took an interest in the family business at age 10, initially retrieving parts dropped into spaces too small for the adult workers to fit into.
One could say his role with the company grew from there. Early on he specialized in tying steel re-rod bars together, and then he worked every station in the plant, eventually taking over for his father, company founder George Moxlow, in 1982.
David Moxlow’s wife, Renee, worked at the business for 26 years as the head of human resources until she retired four years ago. His son, Dane, and daughter, Chelsea, have also had experiences at the business. Dane is still involved when he can, as he also created his own business, the Detroit Motion Co., which handcrafts functional art and customized vehicles. Chelsea is the health educator for Livingston County.
The forging industry has been coming out of the “Dark Ages” for some time.
“We are just trying to expedite the process with modern technology and a new mindset of developing our greatest asset – our people,” Moxlow said. “We currently build the robotics components for floor robots at Amazon and we are augmenting our (Faro Scanning) Blue Light Laser Scanning technology with 3D printing technology to use when reverse engineering or creating new products for our customers. We can bring the product to “life” with three-dimensional plastic models made overnight.” [Read more…]