“Andis Company affects many families, not just our own,” says Matt Andis and keeping the family environment through company-wide bonds is a management priority. Employees are invited to participate in cost saving “huddles,” and with everyone empowered to contribute suggestions, many tangible savings have been realized. “We have not had to eliminate any jobs, in fact, our work force has actually grown, “says Matt Andis. Andis employees also come together in charitable efforts and have been recognized by the Racine community for contributions to United Way and for their continued support of a local food bank. Andis Company sponsors cosmetology scholarships at the local community college and supports the Racine County 4H, recognizing the future farmers who groom their prize livestock with Andis clippers.
What’s in the Andis future after 90 years of success? According to Matt Andis it is to keep the moving forward with new innovations and ideas. “You can’t be risk-averse. We are reinvesting in new equipment now and are preparing for our future needs. Small industry is evolving and needs to be more progressive. Our core values of excellence, integrity and respect are what we focus on to keep the company secure for the next generation.”
Marcia Andis, Matt Andis and Laura Andis, the fourth generation of the Andis family, with a sampling of the 90 year old company's clippers and styling appliances. Photo by Elizabeth Yong