Salute to the Industry

Increased Demand has D.A.S. Services Growing Exponentially

Herald Republican – Salute to Industry Tuesday September 30, 2003


D.A.S. Services of Angola was founded in 1992 by David Short as a traveling repair business for customers in need of portable welding services. In late 1995, D.A.S. expanded into the hydraulic cylinder repair and supply business.

This year, D.A.S. doubled the size of its facility at 2310 W 175 N from 4,800 to 9,600 square feet and added four employees to increase its staff to 13.

The expansion of the business came due to the increased demand for their services. The company plans to add additional machines and a computer system yet this year to handle the demand.

We’ve put out such a good product and we have a really good track

record. Once we get a customer we don’t lose them, Short said. We had to hire four workers because we basically doubled our sales.

A company that began as a repair service is now a supplier of hydraulic components as well as handling custom machining of parts.

The hydraulic components that D.A.S. now machines include rods, tubes, end blocks, ports, pins, clevis, pistons, glands, and cushions. D.A.S. also supplies components that include metric and standard seals, seal kits as well as pumps, motors and valves.

The cylinders for which D.A.S. provides services are the ones used in garbage trucks, farm machinery, and construction equipment. D.A.S. also serves injection mold companies, excavation companies, and area foundries and steel mills.

D.A.S. offers customers over 100 years combined hydraulic and pneumatic service experience. The company’s ability to adapt to the changing needs of its customers and its fast, capable emergency repair service has carved out a valuable niche for D.A.S.

The company’s in-house service facility re-manufactures all makes and models of cylinders, including refuse, stage, welded, tie rod, power steering, agriculture and injection mold. Their custom fabrication/welding service includes aluminum, bronze, cast iron, copper, and stainless steel.

According to Short the expansion of the building, completed in March, was essential to make room for more equipment. Later this year we¹ll be adding more new equipment (for manufacturing and repair services), he said.