At Shelter Systems, we recognized years ago a digital model of our manufacturing facility was critical to plan improvements. We developed a 2D model in-house, and it served us well for years. However, in translating 2D modeling into 3D reality, we lacked a certain level of detail that we felt we needed moving forward. In 2022 we brought in 4Ward Solutions Group to provide their 3D mapping service. Once complete, the level of detail in our 3D model was extremely accurate. Our facility uses some very unique equipment not seen elsewhere in the industry, and 4Ward was able to model ...
4Ward Solutions Group exceeded our expectations in providing recommendations for the layout of our highly automated production facility. Within a short period of time, they delivered an extensive report that outlined in detail the optimal design for our facility, along with the rationale behind their recommendations. We are grateful for their invaluable assistance and look forward to continuing to work with the company in the future.
NVO Construction began building out our 75,000 SF structural component factory in early 2021. We were new to the manufacturing process and, while we wanted to implement new ideas and methods, we also needed guidance and exposure to industry best practices. We were very fortunate to engage the 4Ward Consulting Team to guide us on this journey. With their guidance and support, we have built a very talented team at NVO and we have done it quickly and adeptly, while sidestepping the errors and mishaps so common when starting a new enterprise. For me, as NVO’s CEO, Ben’s hands-on and ...
“Ben has been a friend for the last 20 years. He is committed to the improvement of the structural building components industry and the time he devoted to serving as president of SBCA, the industry’s trade association, has been very valuable. He has great experience in all facets of business operations, including operational management, financial management, sales leadership, personnel development, marketing and strategic planning.”
“I met Ben through our involvement with the Machine Stress Rated Lumber Producers Council (MSRLPC). Ben had the foresight to take a product which was being poorly distributed (glu-laminated columns for post frame buildings) and not readily available in most markets, manufacture them using under utilized species which was readily available near his facility, and manufacture columns.”
“Ben and I have worked mostly on SBC industry related activities, but I have known Ben for many years. I have come to know and appreciate Ben’s servant leader approach to leadership. In Jim Collin’s book “Good to Great” he talks about Level 5 leaders and I can honestly say that Ben is one.”
“Over the years, I have come to admire the way Ben has led and managed his business. He consistently demonstrates the highest level of integrity, with attention to technical precision and quality. It’s because of these characteristics that Ben has earned the respect of his team and the industry. Ben’s leadership is solid … the industry could use more Ben Hershey’s.”
“Ben is a trusted advisor with a deep knowledge of the building components industry. Ben can develop a product from concept to launch, evaluate the feasibility, and design and monitor the testing. If he has never worked with a particular product set, he has all the industry contacts to get the answers needed to do the job right the first time. He is also fun to work with, which is an added bonus when you are simply expecting expertise. It is for these reasons that I continue to work with Ben.”
Ben and I worked together at various times throughout Ben’s impressive career from Alliance TruTrus, where he actually Managed day-to-day business operations, to SBCA and to 4Ward Consulting. Ben is a fountain of information about the latest technology, competitive strategies and creative ways to turn current operations into opportunities. Ben is a talented, hard-working and a joy to collaborate with. He’s a top-notch consultant and a wise businessperson who I’d recommend without hesitation.”
4Ward has been a game-changer in the launch of our volumetric modular factory. Their passion, vision, and agility helped to convert a concept into a reality! I am so thankful we decided to engage them in the process.
I’ve had the distinct privilege to work with Ben Hershey through much of his progression from component business owner/operator to trusted consultant. I’ve directly observed the candid and results-oriented counsel that he has provided top business leaders. And I’ve seen him successfully transcend challenging environments with the highest degree of professionalism and aplomb. Ben Hershey and the 4Ward Solutions Team are far-and-away the top independent component industry resource. You can count on Ben.