It began in engines.
Fitting we’ve become one.
It’s about family. Has always been. First, The Cummins family and now ours. In it for the long haul could very well have been a Cummins tagline and with a 32 year association with those legendary engines, it could very well be ours. Not afraid to commit. No sir. Fresh off the boat from Columbus, Ohio, young Jim Andrews walked into Cummins’ Columbus, Indiana headquarters with no delusions of grandeur. No life map spread out on the hood. Only a strong work-ethic, desire to succeed and a fierce loyalty. While this new Columbus lacked Buckeyes, it made up for it in bucking trends. Invention, Innovation, and investment in people and progress. Cummins was home for Jim. It was simpatico and a home he never left. Why leave a good thing? Instead you invest and you grow personally and financially and grow it all into a multi-state distributorship — distributing fairness, integrity and honesty along with some serious diesel horsepower. Business acumen meeting a delicate human touch, if not a Midas touch.
In the true spirit of Cummins, you keep moving down the road. Keep moving forward because rest is for the tired. New ideas. New opportunities. And while you’re at it, create a legacy. Not just for Jim, Nancy, Charlie and Harrison Andrews, but all present and future partners and companies. Flatrock Partners LLC is first and foremost a family business. A collective dream. And like the Flatrock River, part of a watershed flowing from the Mississippi, with connective tributaries flowing through the midwest, so has the Andrews family history. And now with an Andrews or two now calling Tennessee home, the Flatrock River is certain to find its way there, too. Just takes some initiative, hard work, perseverance and investment. And that human touch.
Invest. Then invest.
Sounds complicated, we know.
Columbus, OH / Columbus, IN FLATROCK Stillwater, MN / Nashville, TN
In building a portfolio
we first create art.
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VistaTek is a custom injection molding company located in Stillwater, MN with offices also in Nashville, TN. In-house technology and expertise assists customers from product development to high-volume production of plastic parts. VistaTek also offers expertise in mold-making, secondary operations, assembly, and an extensive quality department.
In 2014 VistaTek began R&D with plant-based, bio-based, and other sustainable/recycled resins. In addition to their own product line of sustainable products (SelfEco Caterware and SelfEco Garden) they currently manufacture several products with recycled, post-consumer, ocean-bound, and ocean-reclaimed plastics. During the COVID-19 pandemic VistaTek remained an essential business and was proud to manufacture medical devices and other products that contributed to the fight against COVID-19. VistaTek and its employees are proud of their commitment to being responsible U.S manufacturers.
VistaTek services serve a growing number of industries with products used daily around the world.
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SAFE HEALTH SYSTEMS.
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A family that invests, nurtures and creates growth together stays together.
A family tree creates
Jim Andrews has a ponytail. He hasn’t always — it’s new. He may not still have it when you meet to discuss your future with Flatrock, but for right now, stay gold pony boy. Something new wasn’t always Jim’s thing. From 1982-2014, Jim spent with one company — Cummins. Loyalty is important to Jim. What began as production line foreman and concluded with the sale of NPower, a joint venture with Cummins spanning six states, thirteen locations and 650 employees, ignited the growth of a 200 million dollar operation into 500 million. Jim has been in leadership positions from nearly day one at Cummins. Decency and humility make for successful leaders. And generating growth seems to come naturally to a guy with a ponytail.
As a graduate of Ohio State University, Jim saw Columbus, Indiana on the map and thought, yeah, that’ll keep things simple. One less thing to remember. He didn’t realize it was the start of something truly great and a great ride. Also, the start of his family and the start of a long and winding river leading to Flatrock — the start of another soon to be great ride. Sales, marketing, management and operations have been in Jim’s toolbox all along. Tools he now will share with emerging companies needing to draw from his vast bank of experience.
Jim was born and raised in Lima, Ohio in a blue-collar home. His interest and participation in several sports taught him the value of being a good teammate and the importance of coaching. 44 years married to Nancy, his high school sweetheart, they have sons Charlie and Harrison. Minnesota has been home since 1996. Family time in their Twin Cities’ lake home and winters divided between Naples, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee is all part of the plan as they grow Flatrock. His away-from-the-office life is now filled with family, friends, fitness, golf, good food, good wine, good books, Green Bay Packers, Ohio State Buckeyes football, country music and community service. And gazing into a still very bright future.
Born in Indiana but Minnesota is “home.” Charlie attended Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC, home of the Fighting Camels and majored in Professional Golf Management receiving a degree in Business. While in the golf management program, a series of internships lead to a club in Cincinnati, where after graduation he took a full-time position. Summer in Cincinnati, south to Tampa for the winter. It was during the second summer in Cincinnati, when passion for the golf business began to dwindle. It was time to move back to Minnesota to pursue other opportunities. Charlie was looking for something where the high score wins.
Working with Cummins NPower, Charlie became a certifed Six Sigma Black Belt. A move into another entity of Cummins, he served as a Master Black Belt supporting Supply Chain and Operations. In that role he became a certifed Master Black Belt, which was the goal when entering that role.
In 2019, Charlie accepted the Director of Operations role at VistaTek — leading the continuous improvement group across various projects to become an efficient production floor, in all aspects from order entry to finished product leaving the facility. Working tirelessly to meet customer demands became their muscle memory. It was a time of continuous improvement. In technical terms, “we just kept getting better and better.”
Charlie and his wife, Maria, have 3 children — Lucy (7), Clare (3), Luke (NB). Stillwater, Minnesota, a northeastern suburb of St. Paul nestled on the St. Croix River, is home. Of course, they’re on a river. He enjoys travel, golf, time outdoors and spending time with friends and you guessed it, family.
Harrison was born in Columbus, Indiana, and grew up in South Florida and Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and was part of two Division II Football National Championships in 2008 and 2010. The “Bulldogs,” — aptly named for Harrison’s approach to rising up ladders. After his 2011 graduation, he was recruited by Arthrex (orthopedic medical devices) and accepted the territory manager position for Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Harrison and his team grew realations and expanded territory to grow the business by over 500%. Growth is a central theme in the Andrews family.
In 2019, Harrison became Chief Commercial Officer at VistaTek. In this role he worked closely with sales, marketing, operations, finance, quality management and logistics. The result? Increased profits. Increased efficiency. In 2020, Harrison was recruited by Stryker Orthopedics to expand business on both Stryker and recently acquired Tornier platforms. He exceeded quota projections by over 1000% and was the leading shoulder athroplasty sales rep in the Midwest.
In true Andrews fashion of identifying opportunities early on, Harrison married his high school sweetheart, Lindsey, and they spend the majority of their time at home trying to keep up with their three children Josie (5), Ben (3) and Archie (2). Black Lab, Otis, pitches in where he can. Harrison enjoys time on the lake with family, golf, college football, the Green Bay Packers, hockey and time with friends.