Meet Ryan Dodd of 1st In – Emergency Products
Ryan Dodd started began the path to making emergency vehicle equipment by joining a high school shop class. Ever since he can remember, he has always enjoyed working with his hands, so signing up for shop class was a natural choice. His first real-world projects were subwoofer cabinets. Learning this craft led to the forming of his future career path.
As he progressed in his subwoofer cabinet making, he decided to join the local fire department as a volunteer. While working for the fire department, he noticed a need for updated and custom emergency vehicle supplies and cabinets. His crew needed a place to store emergency tools that they could access quickly and easily. Working with his fellow fire fighters, as well as other emergency service personnel, he formed 1st In – Emergency Products: designed to enhance emergency vehicle equipment and cabinets.
Emergency Service Personnel Developing Emergency Vehicle Equipment
“We are emergency service personnel. We are police officers, and we are firemen, and EMNTS. We build products that we ourselves would want to use. We know that lives are on the line and our procuts help our customers do their jobs,” Ryan Dodd explains about the people behind their emergency vehicle supplies in New Jersey. With this strong employee base, 1st In focuses now on cabinets, consoles, brackets, and other components for emergency vehicles. And just as sturdy as these people are, they need sturdier materials. 1st In uses wod, HDPE plastic and aluminum. But with a new business and equipment manufacturing comes a need for new machinery.
Growing An Emergency Vehicle Supplies Business
Because of the deman for their emergency vehicle supplies, Ryan had to look for a reliable machine would increase the efficiency of his man hours while and keeping quality high. After a lot of research, Ryan and 1st In settled on a Laguna 4’x 8′ Swift. They decided to go with the Swift because it was the simplest CNC machine to learn that offered all the functionality they needed. According to Ryan, the machine has worked flawlessly and one of their most valuable purchases. With the CNC router, Ryan says, they’ve been able to increase production and quality of their emergency vehicle supplies. This increase in production has allwoed Ryan and his team to decrease man hours and cut costs, allwoing their business to become more profitable. The minor issues and questions 1st In has had with their Swift CNC Router has been easily answered and resolved with Laguna’s customer service.
The Future of 1st In and Advice For New Business Owners
Though Ryan has drastically increased his production capabilities and quality, he’s learned a lot about what it takes to run his own business. His vision for 1st In is very bright and will expand the emergency vehicle supplies his company produces. Hopefully, with the help of another Laguna Swift machine and Plasma Table. But their mission will carry on the same with helping emergency personnel better able to save lives.
His advice for new business owners is, “[Running a business] takes a lot of long hours and commitment to succeed. Owning your own business isn’t always what is cracked up to be and you need to make sacrifices to succeed.”
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