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Industry: Manufacturing
Founded: 2008
Projected 2018 revenue: $3.2 million

The Scathain team

Scathain is a Milwaukee-based design firm specializing in using old world techniques and a Midwestern work ethic to craft one-of-a-kind furnishings and functional accents for its customers. The company utilizes metal, glass and wood to produce functional furniture items, as well as decorative pieces and mirrors.

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Word of mouth and Scathain’s reputation for quality have driven the company’s success, resulting in more than 20 percent annual growth.

The company is always working on creating new and exciting products. According to owner John McWilliam, slumped and textured glass products are quickly gaining popularity.

“We’ve also added CNC capabilities, an upholstery service and highly developed finishing systems,” he said.

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Scathain also plans to implement a new ERP/CRM program to help manage its growth and has launched a new furniture line and one-of-a-kind glass products.

“We are ever-changing, and it goes hand-in-hand with our growth,” McWilliam said. “We plan to integrate some new, bolder strategies to gain more exposure and add to our wonderful Scathain customer base.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“The prices of success (are) hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

– John McWilliam, owner.

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