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builders as longevity and trust has been established with the EZ-ACCESS brand. "They find us pretty quickly," Johnson says. "The best
referrals are from word of mouth."

Aluminum Advocates
EZ-ACCESS stays current with market trends and evolving demographics, which drives the company to innovate in areas such as
home accessibility, building access and portable loading/unloading
solutions. This fueled the company's efforts to utilize aluminum in
its products in order to best serve access needs, while recognizing the
industry's largest competitor is wood.
"We work really hard to show people the value of aluminum versus wood," Everard says, noting that aluminum products last longer
and are easier to maintain.

'Here, employees
are recognized for
raising the bar and
staying true to our
values.'
They also will not rust, rot, warp, corrode, deteriorate, crack
or cause splinters like wood, steel or concrete products do. "Our
lightweight aluminum ramp systems can easily be reused, relocated,
reconfigured and expanded," Marketing Specialist Emily Fowler says.
Yet, with the Trump administration's recent talk of possible tariffs
on aluminum and steel, EZ-ACCESS is watching the market closely.
"That could impact the cost of aluminum and the cost of steel," Everard admits. "That is obviously a concern we have."
The company, which buys 6 million pounds of aluminum annually, retains a positive outlook. "We work with the largest aluminum
suppliers," he says, adding that some are going to start smelting their
own metal.
This will give EZ-ACCESS a competitive advantage, Everard says.
"We're not working with regional distributors but we're working with
the largest ones. That helps us leverage every opportunity to keep
cost down and guarantees that we always have material on hand in
order to complete the smallest to largest jobs we receive," he says.

The product, which is compliant with ADA, IBC, OSHA and local
code guidelines, combines ramps, platforms and steps. In addition,
"It has the capability to be configured into a variety of different
layouts to best suit the intended application," he says.
EZ-ACCESS' products have been used in high-profile projects such
as at the Museum of Flight. At the 2017 Washington Manufacturing
Awards, "We won Silver in the 'Building Trades Business of the Year'
category. The awards ceremony conveniently took place at the Museum of Flight, so our commercial/industrial stairs were prominently
showcased for everyone in attendance. Our multi-story stair systems
provide access for visitors of the museum to each of the planes in
their exhibit," Fowler adds.

Ensuring Quality
Quality has to be integral from the very beginning for these products
to be successful. While the company designs and engineers its
products, "We also outsource our third-party testing," Everard says.
"Any new product does get stress tested, weight tested and certified
as required."
EZ-ACCESS also recently increased the number of CNC machines
to three at its location in Algona. This allows the company "to
increase accuracy, simplify production and more efficiently produce
items for a growing market," Johnson says.
Everard agrees. "A punch press and drill press can get you so far,
but a CNC gives you the higher quality," he says, adding that the
majority of its products are made with aluminum extrusions, which
results in better quality.
"You're much more consistent with your shapes and things fit
better," Everard says. "There's less human error."
The company also uses a photographic shipping system that ensures all components are included in the shipments. "Our reinforced
understands quality
» EZ-ACCESS
is integral. It buys 6 million
pounds of aluminum annually.

Product Offerings
EZ-ACCESS takes pride in its products, which include its TITAN™
Code Compliant Modular Access System that is the staple for its
commercial business. "You can use it for any type of public access,
whether it's a library, hospital, school or other commercial application," Everard says.

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