Amish Shah and David Weaver on the threshold of the Great Recession,
and an agile business model.
The firm was named one of Indiana's "Companies to Watch" in 2011,
adding to an accumulation of accolades for the rapid growth of the
minority-owned company, including a rank in the Inc. 5000 list for
The partners assembled an advisory team that identified other
industries where Kem Krest's skills could effectively transfer,
including ag industrial, power sports, defense, aviation and
The firm, founded in 1979 to support GM's chemicals and accessories
division, was long dependent on a single customer. Kem Krest now
serves more than 20 original equipment manufacturers, including John
Deere, Case, Caterpillar, General Dynamics and such automakers as
Ford, Hyundai and Honda as well as GM.
"Our capabilities have grown too," Shah says, expanding from the
traditional pick-and-pack fulfillment service. "Now we're in this