All World

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All World Machinery Supply began in a spare bedroom of its president's home nearly twenty years ago.  The concept was simple -- provide an alternative supplier of machine tool parts and service to the machine tool industry.

With a lot of skill, a lot of risk and a little luck, All World grew to a now $20 million company that has moved three times, most recently into a newly built 86-thousand square foot facility along the Interstate one hour west of Chicago.

All World's President and CEO David Koepp chose Cord Construction to help it navigate the many steps needed to make sure his company's commitment to sales, service and solutions was optimized with the construction of the new building.

Cord Construction led All World through a year-long process that included:

  • evaluating locations in southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
  • analyzing the best municipal incentive packages offered
  • negotiating the purchase of the land, working with the State of Illinois to help with grant funding for road construction and property tax abatements, working on annexation agreements
  • sewer and water hook-ups and
  • negotiating terms for a larger than typically allowed 50-foot digital sign on I-90, giving the company exposure to hundreds of thousands of potential customers every day

All World's building was a design-build project.  Cord orchestrated all elements from the architect to the civil engineer, floor plans to the timeline and budget.  

"Cord spent a great deal of time getting to know me and my company.  I got to make suggestions on what I wanted to see and Cord made recommendations to accommodate my wishes while also maximizing the design, layout and functionality," Koepp continued.

Then, the project doubled in size.  All World's original plan was to build a 40-thousand square foot building.  But they soon realized they could utilize an additional 50-thousand square feet almost immediately.  Cord quickly reworked the plans, making the original 40-thousand square feet as Phase I and working it into a larger plan to accommodate a total of nearly 90-thousand square feet when it was done.  That included increasing the floor thickness to 9 inches to handle the heavy machinery and completing Phase I on time and on budget so All World could move in while Phase 2 was constructed.

"We lost no business and no time. Cord allowed us to literally move our entire operation into the Phase 1 portion of the new building at 9 p.m. on a Friday night and we were back up and running by Monday morning," Koepp said.

The design of the building structure and precast walls allow All World to continue to add on in the future, and Cord made sure communication lines stayed open with typically daily communication during construction.  Koepp said he would go to Cord with his wishlist, and they would provide him options and suggest ways to stay within budget.

"I trusted Cord to get it done right and they did.  I was also surprised at their team's enthusiasm for my business and my new building.  During construction, the Cord team would often call me over to look at something because they thought it was so cool," Koepp said.  

"It was very evident that they really cared about their work and my work."


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