Clark County at Work: Sigma Design

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant

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Business name: Sigma Design.

Owner: Bill Huseby.

Address: 1714 Broadway.

What the business does: Sigma Design is a product design and engineering services firm. Customers include independent inventors and Fortune 100 companies. Sigma Design has a dedicated group of engineers and industrial designers along with a strong support staff of modelmakers, technicians and assembly personnel to provide a wide range of services, from conception through production.

How has the economy affected your business: Despite the difficult economic climate, Sigma has managed to grow dramatically during the past three years. Doug Hill, vice president of operations, said the key to success has been recognizing opportunities and using them as a springboard for growth in new markets, and development of capabilities.

Greatest challenge: Hill said the greatest challenge in running the business is to respond quickly to a changing world. You have to be prepared to do the work that is available or go to where the work is. “Being quick and adaptable seemed much easier with a small organization; we have managed to carry that forward as the company has grown,” he said. “To that end, we have changed the way we do business by working at customers’ sites when needed, opening an operation in Asia, and working with customers worldwide.”

What’s ahead: Juggling expansion with service will be the company’s focus for the next six to eight months and beyond, Hill said.

Year established in Clark County: Founded in 1994. Bill Huseby joined Sigma in 1997 and purchased the company in 2000.

Employees: 47.

Telephone: 360-693-2600.

Email:info@sigmadzn.com.

Website:http://www.sigmadzn.com

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.