HFI History


Walter L. Howler founds HFI, under the name of Custom Welding, as a part-time venture.


The company becomes H & H Welding


Company is renamed Howler-Rice Welding


Company name changed to "Howler Welding Inc." Walter learned quickly that service and quality are the keys required to build a solid foundation for a growing company. These business practices allowed his customers to request Howler Welding to expand into different aspects within the manufacturing industry. To conquer that challenge, Walter started researching the field of sheet metal fabrication. He hired experts and began expansion. Shortly after this expansion, he renamed the company Howler Fabrication & Welding, Inc.


The 70's were a time for experimentation of all kinds - Howler Fabrication & Welding got into the spirit of the times by experimenting with some new logo designs!


By the mid-1980’s, Howler Fabrication had outgrown its building of 12,000 square feet located in Addison, Illinois.
In 1988, Walter relocated to a 30,000 square foot building located in West Chicago, Illinois. Most of the equipment was upgraded and the company name was changed to HFI.


HFI again outgrew capacity and an additional 18,000 square feet were added to the West Chicago location, making it a total of 48,000 square feet for manufacturing.


HFI undergoes a change in ownership. Under the management of Bryan McCusker, HFI updates its public image with new business presence and branding, moving forward into a new era as HFI Manufacturing, while still maintaining a strong connection to the company's deep rooted history. Currently, HFI employs 58 people. The rate of turnover has been extremely low for the past decade and more than a third of the employees have been employed by HFI for 10 or more years. Many of these employees are cross-trained in different departments and can act as a backup.

HFI Celebrates Fifty years in business, and looks forward to many more to come

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HFI has achieved ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems certification from NSF-ISR, an NSF company. The standard helps organizations reliably meet the needs of clients in both the delivery and continuous improvement of products and services. HFI chose NSF