Company Heritage And JV Tool
V.I.P.’s roots go back a lot further than when Joe Volltrauer started the company in 1992. They really go back to 1952 when Joe came to the United States from Vienna. He brought with him the European work ethic that provided the foundation for the business that he founded. “Work hard and do it in such a way that you can take pride in what you do.” Those are Joe’s values and those are the values of his company – Volt Industrial Plastics.
Joe got a job as an apprentice tool and die maker for Acme Tool & Die in Chicago. He particularly loved the challenge of mold making. “It’s like an artist sculpting,” he explained, and Joe Volltrauer has a lot of the artist in him. In 1973, he started his own company, JV Tool, and a couple of years later moved to Arkansas where he designed his exceptionally functional, high quality molds for manufacturers of plastic components, including plastic fastener makers in the region. For its customers, JV Tool was a problem solver, a quality improver, a cost saver. In 1992, Joe decided he could use all of his mold and tool making expertise to efficiently produce quality plastic fasteners in his own company and he founded Volt Industrial Plastics. He infused the entire company with his uncompromising dedication to quality and service and shared his knowledge – and his love –of tool and mold making.
His willingness to put profits back into the business to buy state-of-the-art computer aided manufacturing equipment has enabled Volt to achieve an exceptionally efficient and responsive organization. He has attracted to the company people who share his dedication and his skills. And, as with every truly successful company, it is the people that have made the difference.
Volt produces plastic screws and nuts (both standard and metric), license plate screws and nuts, Christmas tree clips, rivets, wire and cable routing clips, printed circuit board hardware, dowels, washers, spacers, tapped spacers and many other fasteners. Volt has an aggressive tooling program in place that adds new tools and produces new parts every year.
In response to the increasing demand generated for Volt’s competitively priced, quality plastic fasteners over the past twenty years, Volt relocated their manufacturing operations to a 65,000 square foot facility. The new location is over two and one half times larger than the previous facility. The new facility includes additional warehouse space for finished goods and raw material inventories, and additional manufacturing space which houses the latest state-of-the-art tool making and production equipment including EDM machines, top-of-the-line CNC-EDM sinker, a CNC milling center and a CNC lathe.
To be specific, the facility holds over one billion plastic fasteners which can be shipped the same day or the next day depending on the time the order is received. Volt’s expansion indicates our commitment to our customers and our future.
Volt Industrial Plastics is the fastest growing
manufacturer of plastic fasteners and assembly
components in the marketplace today.
At Volt, we provide disciplined, controlled, quick-response service on multiple-use, multiple-customer parts and equally quick-response service on the new application-specific custom parts that are so much a part of our day-to-day production schedule.
In both cases, our quick response is achieved largely as a result of our inventory investment. Customers for the multi-use, standard parts are served by the one billion piece finished parts inventory. Customers for newly engineered, application-specific parts are served by a large inventory of tool and die components as well as a broad raw material inventory. We have the skills and the equipment to achieve exceptionally fast turnaround on new tooling and prototypes. Tool Department Manager Jesse Patterson explains, “We often analyze, recommend, quote and have prototypes on the way while competitors are still coming up with a price.”