One of the best things about attending Clay County Breakfast Optimists on Saturday morning is learning about various people and programs that exist in our hometown, according to Jim Tribble.
When people take tours of PDF, it's hard for them to believe there's such a plant in Brazil, Ind. Aaron Rugenstein answered questions about what the plant does and what PDF stands for during the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting at American Legion Post No. 2.
"Process Development and Fabrication, Inc. does so many different things, it's a hard question to answer. Anything you want, we can design, build, install and show you how to use and maintain. We make a lot of one-of-a-kind equipment for individuals and companies throughout the United States and 15 countries around the world," Rugenstein, engineer and marketing representative, said.
PDF operates as a specialty design and fabrication/manufacturing facility producing parts as well as special machinery and equipment for the specific needs of each individual customer. PDF can help with training, maintenance, robotics, electrical systems integration, electro- mechanical engineering and fluid power specialization.
"Even after 500 other companies have turned down a project, we'll take it on because we believe there's nothing we can't build," Rugenstein said.
PDF was incorporated in 1994 and is a privately owned company headquartered in Brazil. It started with five people and currently has over 70 employees.
"We have all kinds of employees, both with college degrees and without. We've hired people from ISU, Ivy Tech and Rose Hulman. To us, it doesn't matter where you went to school. One of the most important things we look at is teamwork. How well you get along with everybody else means more to us than anything," Rugenstein said.