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Keys to Continued Success – Stellar Century

Dan Berry president of Ulrich Planfiling manufacturer of Custom Sheet metal products and the Ulrich Planfile, a premier filing system for Engineering Prints, Blueprints, Poster Storage and Map Storage
Ulrich serves as a highly skilled extension of it’s customers engineering department.

Continuous business success is an elusive thing. Countless articles and books have been written on the subject. But the best of them are predicated on advice from the front lines—from the leaders of these successful companies.

Two recent Post journal articles tapped Dan Berry, President of Ulrich Planfiling to describe his keys to Ulrich Planfiling’s continued success. Berry describes those keys as follows:

  • Excellent Products
  • Talented and dedicated staff making the product.


Revolutionary patent design for Ulrich Planfile. Providing the first vertical Engineering Print and Map Storage. Bi-lateral pressure on the Engineering Prints and Maps stored in the cabinet by the spring compression system keeps the Plans, Prints and Maps stored in the cabinet smooth and flat.
One of Charles Ulrich’s original Patents for Engineering Prints and Blueprint Storage

Excellent Products

“Our company started 100 years ago when Charles Ulrich patented a revolutionary filing system for engineering prints, architectural plans, map storage and blueprints. This product became known as the premier filing cabinet for large document filing.

This Ulrich Planfile has undergone many improvements and changes over the years, incorporating the latest technology into the improvement of the design and manufacture of this cabinet.


Engineering Print Storage in vertical custom sized cabinets for the United Nations
Ulrich Team creates Custom Cabinets for Engineering Prints for the United Nations.

And that one cabinet has become an entire line of large document filing cabinets. The Planfile was a great idea 100 years ago and it is still the industry “gold standard” for large document storage. Berry described, “It is our talented and dedicated staff that made us successful in manufacturing filing for engineering prints.


Talented and Dedicated Staff

And their talent and dedication poised us perfectly in the 1980’s to leverage our extensive knowledge in precision sheet metal fabrication to develop another segment of our business — custom sheet metal fabrication. Our ability to produce complex fabrications which are close tolerance and highly cosmetic has allowed us to branch out into other areas which include filing systems, furniture, stainless steel cabinetry and tanks, heavy duty HVAC equipment and pretty much any fabrication requiring high quality, competitive pricing, and short lead times.

Custom sheet metal capability highlighted with a large stainless steel ultrasonic cleaning tank.
Ulrich’s custom sheet metal production began in the 1980’s

Since 20% of Ulrich’s workforce have engineering degrees – Ulrich can serve as a highly skilled extension of it’s customers engineering department. Ulrich’s dedicated custom sheet metal fabrication team brings years of experience and extensive industry knowledge to every step of the precision metal fabrication process. From initial engineering design to final assembly of the product. I am proud to have spent the past 21 years with such a talented and dedicated group of people.”