Business View Magazine | May 2019

98 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE MAY 2019 T o some, the making of carbon, steel, and aluminum tank heads and tank accessories might seem like a strictly prosaic endeavor. Bob Messaros, on the other hand, President & CEO of Commercial Metal Forming (CMF), the leading tank head manufacturer in the U.S., has more poetic, even mystical, ways of describing his business. “We’ve defined it as ‘playing the infinite game,’” he avers. “It’s about constantly driving towards something new and different; constantly improving every day and being an advocate for our customers; COMMERC I AL METAL FORMI NG Playing the infinite game helping them look at the world differently and offering them better economic solutions.” “The dilemma in that is, most of the time, they don’t understand what the unmet need is,” Messaros continues. “So, our purpose in creating value for our customer is to work across their entire horizon of disciplines – engineering, design, production, purchasing, quality – to solve problems that exist in the application or to look for better economic solutions. So, it’s all about value creation; it’s not about getting an order, today. Yes, AT A GLANCE COMMERCIAL METAL FORMING WHAT: A tank head manufacturer WHERE: Headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio WEBSITE: