Fusion Integrated Solutions
Toward Better Automation and Integration
Fusion Integrated Solutions, based in Milwaukee, is an engineering consulting and design firm that designs automation components and production processes for manufacturing operations, energy generation plants, airports, correction facilities, universities and water treatment plants. CEO Seaphes Miller started the company in 2004, and today the firm has 75 employees. Fusion works with its clients and original equipment manufacturers to integrate machines and control systems for use in specific production and packaging settings, specializing in the paper and pulp products industry as well as energy generation, utilities, and food and beverage sectors. Fusion also designs and builds customized equipment if off-the-shelf options are not available. To meet emerging manufacturing industry needs, Fusion sought to develop 3D engineering and design capabilities but struggled to secure the capital to fund the initial software and hardware investment.
Providing the Capital for Small Businesses to Grow
As an African American, Miller qualified for funding through the state’s minority-owned business development program, and in 2009 received state financing. The new technology reduced engineering, construction and maintenance costs because the realistic applications minimized errors and re-work. As demand for 3D design grew, Fusion requested and received a second loan in 2011 to hire and train additional designers and engineers. Today, Fusion has doubled its client base, workforce and annual revenue, and is beginning a third expansion phase in Howard, near Green Bay. With state support, the company has added high-paying jobs in Wisconsin and become a model for other minority-owned businesses, receiving the 2009 Wisconsin Outstanding Small Business Award.
(May 2014)View more entrepreneurial success stories