National Bank of Arizona helps Phoenix company produce results
By Debra Gelbart
Timney USA in north Phoenix manufactures different versions of one product, so you might think there’s not much room in a business like that for resourcefulness or innovation.
Yet creativity is a company hallmark. Timney makes triggers for rifles, shotguns and archery bows. Owner John Vehr is quick to point out that it’s not because of “four or five million dollars’ worth of machine tools that we’re able to be innovative. It’s because we have the best people working here who are encouraged to think inventively. Without the right people to run them, these machines are just big paper weights.”
The “exceptional people who work there” are also what he most appreciates about National Bank of Arizona. He became a customer after another bank was unwilling to provide funds he needed. “NB|AZ helped me with a large purchase of equipment and since then, has provided other loans to us.”
In one instance, he said, National Bank of Arizona completed a loan he needed to purchase a building within 10 days of his request for the loan. “NB|AZ is extremely responsive,” he said. “Money is a tiny part of any business; it’s really about people. And it’s the people in the organization that set NB|AZ apart from other banks.”
Timney USA was established in 1946. Vehr bought the company from his parents in 2000. He encourages his employees to come up with different ways to build the company’s signature mechanisms. “We’ve developed a very precise trigger, for example, that has no unnecessary movement when you adjust the pull weight,” he said, adding that hunters appreciate the difference in how the Timney trigger performs.
“We’ve created a really cool environment where our employees can thrive,” he said. “Some of our employees navigate around our facility on razor scooters and others bring their dogs to work. I’ve been in other industries, but these are the most creative, genuine, straightforward people I’ve ever worked with.”