MoFab Inc. reaches across generations...and continents

Small Business Award finalist dates back to 1958

By Kyle Morey | 2.4.14

The MoFab Team | Picture by Dale Pickett

mofab award finalistIt all started in Bill Hains’ one-car garage in 1958.

Today, the steel warehouse and fabrication center Hains created ships products to such far-away places as Brazil, Ecuador and Africa. MoFab Inc.’s ability to cater not only to the international construction industry but to the everyday welding shop makes it uniquely valuable to Madison County and a worthy candidate for this year’s Madison County Chamber Small Business of the Year Award.

The small company with an international flair also spans generations as well as continents. Bill’s sons, Max and Bruce, now manage the company along with a third generation, Max’s sons – Max II and Mason.

“Bill Hains began welding after his honorable discharge from the Army,” the family said. “For the second and third generation, welding and steel fabrication is a way of life that has been instilled throughout involvement in the business at very, very young ages.”

The Hains family says the business their father started is now second to none.

“When it comes to steel warehousing and steel fabrication, our abilities are nearly limitless,” the Hains family said. “We have toured countless numbers of other fabrication plants throughout the United States. Our plant, equipment and capability are rarities in our industry.”

But the state-of-the-art nature of the facility rests on a foundation of good people, not just pieces of equipment. That’s why Madison County is where MoFab wants to stay.

“Madison County is our home,” the Hains family said. “Our turnover rate is very low, making everyone we work with like family. Our lives would be unimaginable without the MoFab team in it.”

Located at the corner of 14th and Fairview since 1965 – “caddy-corner from the Wigwam” – the business employs a similar type of teamwork, determination and “never give up” spirit that was on display so many times in Anderson’s famous gymnasium.

“The people in Madison County are great,” the Hains family said. “We have to learn to work past hardship and never stop improving one’s self to succeed. We are a true Midwestern county. Some states or countries you travel to, it seems many residents are only concerned with what they can get from you. In Madison County, it’s more about how you can help someone else and the fulfillment you get from doing so.”

As the products are finished, then shipped far and wide, the employees who make them are undergoing a “finishing process” as well.

The Hains family says watching employees grow is almost as meaningful as completing a customer order. “Being able to consistently provide jobs and a place where individuals can showcase their abilities is a great feeling,” the Hains family said. “Watching the younger generation develop their skills, raise their families and increase their knowledge is a joy.”

As they look toward the future, comb through ever-changing state and federal regulations, the Hains’ family plans to continue enduring an unpredictable economy and helping people through hard times. The Mo-Fab philosophy is constructive to all of us, even if we have no connection to the construction industry.

“Remember, we cannot change yesterday,” the Hains family said. “We can only make the most of today and look with hope toward tomorrow.”

About the Award

3 finalists. 1 winner. Who will add their name to the Wall of Fame?  The Small Business of the Year award honors a Madison County-owned and MCC member company that has been in business five or more years and has fewer than 100 employees. The company must demonstrate the following characteristics to be nominated and must excel above others to win: demonstrate visible growth and achievements, adhere to the company's brand promise, and invest in the community both through business and community support.  > View past award winners

About the Gala

It's a night of celebration. It's a night of toasting. It's a night of standing ovations and surprises. Over 300 business, civic, and community leaders (and family) join in honoring greatness among us.  Winners of this award, as well as the Emerging Business of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year, will be announced at the MCC 2014 Annual Awards Gala held on March 6, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm at the Madison Park Church of God.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Amy at 765-642-0264.

The 2014 Gala is sponsored in part by Community Hospital Anderson.

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