Meet ASI Technologies, Inc., our 2015 Technological Service of the Year Excellence Award winner! ASI Technologies Inc. was founded in 1986 by Bernard E. (Barney) Berlinger, Jr. At that time the company developed, manufactured and sold custom engineered transaxle gear drives for 3 and 4 wheel scooters for the walking impaired and wheelchair drives. By 1999 it was the largest single producer of these drives in the world due to its compact designs and manufacturing knowhow. A rapid market reorientation took place allowing ASI product knowledge to be applied to commercial vehicles where owners/operators depend on highly reliable operation and robust designs. Recent products designed specifically for the robotic movement of materials in large warehouses approaching and sometimes exceeding one million square feet in size has grown the company over 220% in the last 12 months.
Check out our Q&A below with Barney Berlinger, Jr., CEO of ASI Technologies, Inc.
ASI Technologiess, Inc. will formally accept the honor at our 32nd Annual Excellence Awards Celebration on Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
What did it mean to you to receive the 2015 Excellence Award and how does receiving this award impact your business?
To receive this award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce – such a large, broadly-represented, and prestigious organization – is the highlight of our 28 year history. We have experienced many trials from several quarters including the real possibility of ceasing to exist in the fight against Chinese competition. In the early 2000’s we were able to reorient our sales direction not only to survive but to eventually prosper.
What makes your business special?
ASI’s culture is what we feel sets us apart from competitors in our industry and markets. We have an “open” management structure, ie, freedom of thought, working smart, team spirit, associates supporting the activities of the others; an atmosphere of curiosity and imagination in solving customer problems and objectives, persistence and resourcefulness in dealing with suppliers and subcontractors around the world, an obsession with very high quality of product, and getting all the details right; a compassion for the personal aspects of our associates’ private and family lives and providing “space” for all associates to think productively; sharing the rewards of outstanding performance.
Why have you kept your business in the Philadelphia region?
Our company is strategically located to not only serve domestic customers but those in Europe as well. We are close to transportation hubs that efficiently ship ou