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Our History

Enterprise Welding & Fabricating, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in 1975 by brothers Ivan Katic, Slavko Katic, and Astor Branham.

Located in Mentor, Ohio, we utilize 182,000 square feet and more than 155 dedicated employees to make OEM assembly line components for world class customers.

Right the first time and every time” is not just a slogan. It creates the foundation for everything we do.

“Welding” is in our name. Enterprise Welding & Fabricating, Inc. takes it very seriously. If a welded part is safety-critical, customers choose us because they know it will be welded to code every time.

Our AWS-Certified Welding Inspectors guarantee it.

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1968

At the age of 21, Ivan Katic comes to the USA. He arrives with his new wife (Draga), an empty suitcase, $2.25, and filled with ambition and aspirations.

1968 Ivan Katic comes to the USA

1971

Ivan’s Brother Slavko, at the age of 19, makes his journey and also arrives in the USA with his new wife (Barbara), striving to make a change in his life.
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November 1, 1975

Ivan Katic, Slavko Katic, and Astor Branham rent a 3,000 square foot building on
Enterprise Drive in Mentor, Ohio. The name Enterprise Welding & Fabricating, Inc. was founded and established on this day.
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1977

The founders were committed to making this new venture work.  They worked two jobs, maintaining their full time positions at Barger Metal and working night shift and weekends at Enterprise Welding.  From month to month they struggled with covering rent and bills.  After 1.5 years, the owners made the hard decision to close the doors.  The investments and assets they owned would be split up among the group and stored in their home garages.

Prior to this officially happening, a local neighbor worked for a company that was looking for welding service.  Meyers Products offered Enterprise an opportunity to weld parts for snow plows that would save the company.  Enterprise begins to create a name for itself that was associated with hard work and quality.  This reputation started to spread locally, and business began to flourish and grow.

 

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1979

Enterprise expands it’s manufacutring footprint. Rents an additional 5,000 sq ft on Tyler Blvd.

1980

Enterprise lands Caterpillar Forklift Division on Tyler Blvd as a main account.

1983

Enterprise Welding build a Manufacturing facility on Heisley Road.
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1986

Caterpillar outsourcing Prototype Division is sourced to Enterprise Welding with Caterpillar Engineering.
Enterprise builds an additional 10,000 square foot expansion.

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1990

Co-Founder Astor Branham Retires from Enterprise Welding.
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1992

Enterprise invests in high production Equipment
First Laser
First CNC Press Brake
First CNC Machine
Robot Welding Cell
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1997 - 1998

The sons, Mike and Joe Katic, start working at Enterprise Welding.

2008

Enterprise expands it’s manufacturing footprint to build 2 large buildings, an engineering center.

2009

CNC First Punch Purchased

2011

Enterprise adds new Powder Coating Line

11-9-2018

Enterprise purchases it’s first Fiber Optic Laser

Today

Enterprise Welding & Fabricating, Inc has been in business for almost 5 decades. Today, Enterprise is a premier partner and supplier to many premier OEM customers. The organization is made up of an incredible professional team using World Class Manufacturing techniques with industry leading and innovative equipment.

From Fiber Optic Lasers, to Robotic Welding, Enterprise uses automated equipment to serve our partners in industries such as agriculture, construction, transportation, material handling, medical, defense, and many more! Enterprise Welding is more than just a fabricator…We are a Partner!

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How do customers describe Enterprise Welding?

  • Competitive Prices
  • Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
  • Superior Delivery Performance
  • World-Class Manufacturing Systems
  • Problem Solvers
  • Customer-Driven
  • Talented People
  • Clever Engineering

Facilities

Organized to maximize quality and productivity, team members have what they need to get the job done right and on time. We use both cellular and batch build systems to optimize throughput based on each job’s needs.

182,000 square feet provides ample space to house our state-of-the-art equipment. Room for future growth is available onto our adjacent property.

Quality & Certificates

“Right the first time and every time.” That’s easy to say, but not easy to do. Anyone can make a part to print once. Making parts right every time, again and again – that’s what we do. It starts with process design and ends with execution. Relentless pursuit of consistency – doing everything the same way every time – produces predictable results. Input from the team, training, coaching, constant communication, and always striving for perfection make us the supplier to choose when it has to be right.

Enterprise Welding & Fabricating, Inc. knows Quality. Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is our guide.

IATF 16949-2016 Pineneedle certificate

IATF 16949-2016 Heisley certificate

ISO 9001:2008 and TS16949:2009 registrations underscore our commitment to world class excellence.

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