Keeping flexible for by Karl D. Forth,
Specialty subcontractor stays busy with
high-volume projects in a growing market.
Polymac Akron 855 edgebander is a heavy-duty machine that does four-corner
rounding. A premill station is used for
A 14-foot-long Selco EB108 Active panel
saw provides speed of cutting, and can
handle most sheet sizes.
Facility Construction Services is
project driven, and in the fast-growing Metroplex there are a lot
FCS is a subcontactor to commercial general contractors in Dallas-Fort
in custom architectural woodwork
buildings, courthouses, churches
FCS also contracts
to perform drywall
business development, says the
company does well
in high-end one-time custom work
such as panel jobs,
and high-end trim
jobs. “Because FCS
is an Architectural
we try to work on
the AWI premium
projects,” he says.
Services, Inc. (FCS)
Annual sales: More
than $20 million
Plant size: 70,000
Business has been good, in part
due to the strong local market and
real estate development. Holden sees
development continuing in business-friendly North Texas. In addition, the
housing bubble didn’t inflate as much
here as in some other cities.
The company’s customers are
general contractors, including Manhattan Construction, Andres Construction, Balfour Beatty Construction and
Beck Group, but FCS employees do
the installation. Jess Lewis, woodwork
operations manager, says that Texas
Capital Bank and Crow Holdings office building were two recent major
projects. In the tower residences at
Ritz Carlton condo tower, FCS did
most of the high-end custom work in
91 condos, including casework, panels,
pediments and oven hoods.
FCS started in 1947 as a commercial floor tile and acoustical ceiling
subcontractor. William “Bill” Holden,
now retired, joined the company
in 1953 and directed it during the
area’s rapid growth. Bill’s three sons
now own and manage the company.
In addition to Paul, Neal Holden is
company president and Tom Holden is
chief financial officer.
A 3M PUR glue gun was
added for work on a
special 6,000-door inside
reveal custom door job.
Flexibility in the shop
Holden says that work cells are
based on custom fabrication of that
particular project and equipment
— and job titles — may change to
fit the current project. For example,
the Akron edgebander and Selco saw