When Quality Assured Manufacturing founders Rod Culbert and Darren Martin decided their growing company needed a new manufacturing facility, they didn’t follow conventional wisdom. Instead, they set off with step counters and stopwatches, painstakingly pacing off distances and timing processes in the vacant lot that would soon become the company’s new home. They wanted their workflow to reflect the exacting quality of the product they produced.

“I don’t know how many nights we were out here with stopwatches and step counters,” says Culbert, the company’s CEO and Director of Marketing.