Chandler Industries, a precision machining and sheet metal fabrication company based in Minnesota, became a client of RSM’s in 2017 for virtual chief information officer services and general business strategy advice. But it wasn’t until the following year—when Chandler took steps to upgrade its IT framework and cybersecurity protocols and made changes to more easily comply with evolving federal contracting regulations—that its relationship with RSM deepened.
Chandler offers precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, complex assembly and more, with a focus on serving aerospace, defense and industrial customers. As a result of the thorough work RSM’s team did on a cybersecurity project for the company in 2018, Chandler decided to have RSM’s team assess its broader infrastructure needs and ultimately chose RSM to be its provider of managed IT services, including:
- Providing 24/7 support and machine patches
- Updating firewalls and infrastructure
- Honing IT security policies
- Infrastructure deployment to support an upgraded enterprise resource planning system
“The beauty of that was RSM has significant reach,” said Chandler Industries Chief Financial Officer Pat O’Neill. The company has six sites (five in Minnesota and one in Mexico), so RSM’s breadth of capabilities was crucial. “We have customer requirements and Department of Defense compliance that is ever-changing, and a company like RSM has the bench strength for multiple sites that we certainly couldn’t afford to have ourselves.”
Elevating the company’s security protocols helped Chandler navigate the specific compliance rules of its industry with more ease. Download the case study to read more about how RSM became a first-choice advisor for Chandler Industries.