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About Us

Born from Innovation, Driven by Results

Direct Design & Fabrication is your one-stop shop for custom industrial control panels and automation solutions in Council Bluffs, Iowa.. We're a team of passionate engineers and technicians fueled by a shared vision: to bridge the gap between your needs and innovative results. We were founded by Direct Companies in 2023 to continue the expansion of services that are offered to all of our clients.

Experience Meets Expertise

Our team boasts a formidable blend of experience in electrical engineering, controls, and mechanical design. This depth allows us to tackle even the most intricate challenges, crafting solutions that optimize your operations and empower your success.

Quality Built, Trust Earned

We believe in unwavering quality, using only the highest-grade materials and adhering to the strictest industry standards. Each panel we build is a testament to our commitment to excellence, earning you the peace of mind your project deserves.

Beyond Panels, Building Partnerships

Our philosophy extends beyond simply building panels. We forge trust through open communication and collaborative problem-solving, ensuring your unique needs are heard and understood. We're not just your vendor; we're your partner in progress.

A Spectrum of Solutions

Whether you require a simple control panel for a single machine or a comprehensive automation system for your entire production line, we have the expertise to deliver. Our services encompass:

  • Custom Control Panel Design & Fabrication

  • PLC & HMI Programming

  • Automation System Design & Implementation

  • Process Analysis & Optimization

  • UL508A Compliance Testing & Certification

  • Ongoing Maintenance & Support

Learn more about the Direct Companies family of brands below.

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The Direct Family of Brands

Direct Companies is the parent company of Direct Design & fabrication, Direct Automation, Direct Data Management, Direct Technologies, and Workplace I.T. Management. Direct Companies was founded by CEO, Paul Zweifel. Through quality of work and superior service orientation, we have grown and served clients spanning multiple industries throughout the United States. Direct Companies is your full-service solution for innovating, automating, and optimizing your business. As a trusted partner with a proven process, we have helped thousands of clients on the path to growth. We take care of your technology so you can focus on your

business. Learn more about our family of brands below.

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Direct Automation has been serving clients across the United States since its inception. Direct Automation employees have a combined 100+ years of experience in optimizing industrial plants spanning multiple industries. Direct Automation has optimized and automated DCS systems, PLC’s, SCADA systems, and more. Some of the industries Direct Automation has served are Ethanol, Water/Wastewater, Sugarbeet, Soybeans, Biodiesel, Oil & Gas, and Power. Direct Automation was built on the foundation of providing optimal solutions along with excellent service and support. Direct Automation is platform-independent, allowing us to recommend and implement the optimal solutions for your work environment.

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Direct Data Management was created as an added solution to Direct Automation’s abilities. As a solutions-oriented organization, it was evident data management was an incredible need for the partners we were working with. Seeing a need, Direct Data Management was born. Direct Data Management focuses on mining, organizing, and making sense of data for our partnering organizations. We use data to help our clients to make better data-guided decisions. Our clients have found this service to be highly valuable, as we have saved our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars through data analysis and interpretation. Direct Data Management is ever growing and developing, with new solutions being added on a quarterly basis. If you need help with making use of your data, Direct Data Management can help.

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Direct Technologies was also created out of recognizing a need and taking action to fulfill a need to best support our clients. Direct Technologies has a highly skilled technical staff to support the most challenging technology environments. Direct Technologies is extensive, providing not only managed IT services and cyber security solutions, but also security camera and access control solutions. Direct Technologies serves clients throughout multiple industries including healthcare, state and local governments, agriculture, auto, commercial real estate, educational institutions, manufacturing, and more. Direct Technologies provides 24/7 service and support and looks forward to assessing and optimizing your technological needs.

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As Direct Companies continued to expand, the need for more IT services for clients continued to grow, so in 2023, Direct Companies purchased Workplace I.T. Management. Workplace I.T. Management is a managed IT services company founded in 1997. It currently serves over 200 clients and works to reduce risks while helping businesses communicate, operate, and collaborate better by creating stable and secure technology platforms for small and medium businesses. Workplace I.T. Management provides all-inclusive management services and assumes responsibility for all day-to-day client IT operations. They offer a Direct-to-technician help desk, 24/7 systems monitoring, cloud hosting, and IT consulting.  

As you can see at Direct Companies, we are committed to helping your business achieve success by bringing you the services you need whenever you need them, all in one convenient location so you can spend less time worrying about your business and more time growing your business. Whether you need an entire plant automated or your business computers replaced, Direct Companies will be here to help you innovate, automate, and optimize your business. Contact us today to discover the Direct difference and learn what we can do for your business.

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