Brian Pendarvis of Anaheim says he hasn’t felt the recession. His company, Pendarvis Manufacturing grew despite the softening that battered almost everybody else in the machining game. He attributes his success to marketing his job shop on the Web.
Brian says he spends about $50,000 a year maintaining his Web site and spreading the word about his company’s capabilities on Yahoo, Google, ThomasNet.com and McCraes. He pays for Google ad words, but just to promote the company within a 100-mile radius of Orange County.
His niche is combining fabricating, welding and machining, a combination we don’t see that often as firms reach for specialization. He says he tracks 5-8 calls per week directly from his Web prominence, which he says enables him to land one new customer per month on average.
He lauds the work his Web designer has done for him—a firm that split off from ThomasNet—Creative Works.