Landing a big account for
Such is the culture at ADC, which measures success by production and meeting timelines as opposed to filling out time cards. What's important is that you get your weekly work done, whether that requires more or less than the traditional 40 hours.
"We try to create an environment where it's not work but a place where you are when you're not at home," said Ward, 44.
That sentiment is evident at the business, located in the
The company recently earned the
The award came as a welcome surprise for Ward, president of ADC.
"You want your staff to be recognized and proud of who they work for," he said.
As far as company culture, ADC places an emphasis on charitable efforts. Table tennis tournaments are frequent, as are outdoor volleyball matches. The finishing touches are being put on a fitness room.
ADC is located on 5 acres that include a diamond for kickball and Wiffle ball. Ward envisions installing a golf hole, likely a par 3, in the not-too-distant future.
ADC is no stranger to recognition: The business earned the 2011 Chippewa County Business of the Year title from the
"The unique nature of the company and diversity of products and services provides a distinctive position in the marketplace,"
Although the Great Recession took a toll, Ward said a leaner ADC emerged from the downturn. It currently has about 40 employees, including 32 at its headquarters. The business has personnel in
"We focused on the things we thought in the future would be profitable," he said.
ADC has realized 25 percent growth in the past year. Elite EXTRA (Extreme Tracking and Routing Application) was launched in 2010, and the online, real-time product that streamlines delivery systems has grown 60 percent in that time. The division now has more than 500 customers in the U.S. and
"We're one of the few software companies that's a consulting company too," Ward said.
Partnerships with western
ADC also has working relationships with nearly half of
In the past few years, ADC has branched into Web design as well. Its clientele includes local businesses and nonprofits.
"I've liked the designs that they have come up with and have found them to be prompt, reliable and very easy to work with," said
"ADC designed and hosts my website; they were great to work with and helped launch my business into the online world," he said. "They are very responsive and continue to help make changes to upgrade the site as well as help to make us a more visible presence on the Internet."
As a UW-Eau Claire graduate, Ward takes pride in the
"We all compete for talent," he said. "You feel a kinship, but you also want to keep your superstars."
Next up for the business is to expand Elite EXTRA into the fleet telematics industry. The concept is to fine-tune a single product or service that can monitor vehicle location, movements, status and behavior. ADC already has lined up partnerships with communications giants such as AT&T and
"The growth potential is huge," Ward said.
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