A fiber laser welds a precision-rolled cylinder. The rolling and welding occur in one machine. York Metal Products has integrated two such machines from Weil for forming precision exhaust and similar components. Photo courtesy of Weil Engineering North America. York Metal Products has a history in the metal spinning business that goes back to the late 1940s. When Doug Paulson, a mechanical engineer, bought the company in 2000, the Concord, Ont.-based company had a solid customer base and employed some serious spinning talent. And it still does today, but it’s also a very different company. It goes back to a strategic shift York’s leadership made after emerging from the recession 10 years ago. After Paulson purchased the business in 2000, York added more CNC spinning machines, along with punching, braking, welding, and assembly. All this helped the company grow from $1.8 million in sales in 2000 into a $5.9 million company in 2007. Then came the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009. When many of York’s customers closed their Canadian operations, annual sales plunged to less than $4.0 million. York’s leaders knew it was time for a change. It was time for new leadership. Enter Dave M...