Spokane Journal of Business

Vestis Systems launches ready-to-install balconies

New product to minimize time on-site for installers

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-—Vestis Systems Inc.
Vestis Systems’ new prefabricated balcony system is expected to be used primarily on multifamily construction projects, according to Dan McGee, the company’s general manager.

Spokane-based Vestis Systems Inc., an aluminum fabrication company that builds canopies and sunshades, has added ready-to-install balconies to its product line, says Dan McGee, Vestis general manager and co-owner.

The company plans to begin marketing the new product line soon, McGee says.

“Now we are switching modes to start building up a marketing campaign and website,” says McGee.

The all-aluminum balcony system is primarily targeted for multifamily residential construction, with orders anticipated to range from 30 to 200 units, says McGee.

The balcony prototype measures 4 feet by 7 feet, and the company recently has completed shop drawings and engineering for a second prototype that measures 4 feet by 9 feet, McGee says.

Vestis Systems will provide installation brackets for contractors to pre-install during the framing stage of construction, explains McGee. The balconies then will be delivered ready to install on the brackets.

“It’s a pretty fast process,” he says. “One of our goals is minimizing our time on-site, whether it’s us or someone else.”

The prefabricated product also will minimize the number of subcontractors needed to build a balcony on-site, he adds.

Vestis has sold the prefabricated balconies to contractors working on projects in Boise, Idaho, and is in conversation with local contractors, McGee says.

While building codes and requirements vary from city to city, Vestis now has a design base that is scalable to different jurisdictions needs, he adds. 

The price for a balcony starts at $2,000, subject to the current cost of aluminum, and goes up from there depending on size, says McGee.

Vestis has 16 employees and occupies an 11,000-square-foot building with a 5,000-square-foot mezzanine located at 213 E. Ermina, north of Gonzaga University, in the Emerson Garfield neighborhood.

“We have different mentors who are helping us implement lean manufacturing,” he says. “It’s awesome to do a lot in a little space.”

Vestis’ annual revenue is trending positive, and the company has a healthy backlog of work, says McGee.

“It’s the largest amount (of work) we’ve ever had,” he says.

Vestis Systems purchased the assets of longtime Spokane manufacturer F.O. Berg Co. in April of 2013.

Karina Elias
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Reporter Karina Elias covers the banking and finance industry. A California native, she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. Karina loves salsa dancing, traveling, baking, cuddling with her dog, and writing creative fiction and non-fiction.  

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