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Operations

Is your company excellent in operations? If you asked manufacturing leaders that question, you might get very different answers. This describes very well the dilemma and ambiguity of operational excellence...
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West

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) led a delegation of its board of directors and advisory council, including Hispanic members of Congress, to a Tech Community Summit in Silicon Valley...
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Northeast

Economic development does not always come easily, but Penn–sylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced in June that Great Dane, a leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, will establish a facility in Ralpho Township,...
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ZTECH Precision

ZTECH Precision is the third manufacturing company that its president, Don Zoubek, has owned, this time with his son, Ben Zoubek, as vice president and operations manager. So he knew the kind of company...
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Weiler Corp

For much of its history, Weiler Corp. has been viewed as a traditional manufacturing company. The description wasn’t so far off. After moving from New York’s Long Island in 1957, Weiler’s operation...
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Wallside Windows

At Wallside Windows, keeping direct contact with end-users is essential. “[By doing] that, we’re able to keep making sure the customer is satisfied, no matter what,” Chief of Staff Adam Blanck...
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Vinylmax LLC

For more than three decades, Vinylmax LLC has prospered by providing quality products at reasonable prices with quick lead-times. “Every window that we make is pressed and manufactured for someone’s...
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Trinity Products

Since its founding in 1979, Missouri’s Trinity Products has reinvented itself time and time again. The company began as a steel broker before opening a yard and becoming a distributor. Then, about...
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The TharpeRobbins Co.

If there is anything an employee needs to stay engaged in their job, it’s the right amount of recognition for their hard work. The TharpeRobbins Co. helps other firms in nurturing that loyalty, Senior...
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Signal Machine Inc.

Delton Mullens understands what brings him the most professional satisfaction. “I enjoy helping a customer solve a production issue and undertaking the development of new products,” Mullens says....
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Royce Colors

In the consumer-packaging world, appearance can be as critical as functionality. An unattractive foam tray used to hold a meat product or off-shade paperboard could lead a discriminating consumer to...
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Rowley Spring & Stamping Co.

You don’t have to look very far to find a product manufactured by Rowley Spring & Stamping Co. “We make springs and stampings for a number of different industries including military and defense,...
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Washington

On April 16, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its much anticipated Final Priority Product Work Plan under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The work...
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Space Tech Expo 2015

The space business is changing. While U.S. military and government face shrinking budgets, collaborating with the burgeoning commercial space sector can help provide the expertise and technology required...
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Politics

Successful manufacturers have a plan for just about any contingency. They’re thinking ahead about adopting new technology, cutting energy costs and handling health care issues. Increasingly though,...
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South

What is considered a proper living wage has been a widely discussed and highly controversial subject in the United States for a considerable amount of time. Many people believe that there are many underpaid...
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Midwest

This spring, President Obama put forth his environmental proposals, just as Waupaca Foundry Inc. (WFI), a Hitachi Metals company, was being recognized for its proactive compliance with environmental...
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Management

Did you know that more than 33 percent of businesses are dissatisfied with their ERP solution due to the high cost of maintenance and lack of flexibility and usability (according to TEC, 2015 – SMB...
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Technology

Vendors know things. They speak a special language, an information technology dialect that most small and midsize manufacturers can’t fathom, but that they respect nonetheless – perhaps because it’s...
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Supply Chain

In today’s fast-paced world of business, owners and managers are looking for ways to streamline the supply chain process, reduce costs and increase efficiency. When looking to implement the most effective...
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Space Tech

During the Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, Calif., from May 19 to 21, numerous exhibitors, visitors and delegates will attend the premier event, all looking to discover the space and satellite industry’s...
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Rapid

It has been determined that there is nearly no limit to what 3-D printing and additive manufacturing can produce, and this is great news for the manufacturing industry, which was mainly seeing negative...
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Special Focus

From the Great Depression to the Great Recession and all of the economic and technology changes in-between, Stanek Tool has survived and outlasted many of its contemporaries for one main reason. “We’ve always operated as a family business – we value our employees and value building relationships with our customers and suppliers,” owner and President Mary Wehrheim says. “I think we’re respected in the industry because we’ve done what I feel are the right things.” For Wehrheim, doing the right thing includes treating employees, customers vendors and suppliers with respect. Wehrheim represents the third generation of family ownership at the company, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2014. Her grandfather, Edward Stanek Sr., a native of Czechoslovakia, founded the company in 1924 after leaving his home country and settling in Milwaukee.  Read more...
Car collectors know the impact coatings have had on automotive products. Nowadays, glass and silver aren’t needed to provide reflectivity in auto headlights – just a light aluminum coating on injection-molded plastic does the job and gives automakers increasing design flexibility. A similar story can be told about cutting tools, which are manufactured with tribological coatings that reduce wear and can double or triple their lifetimes. Enabling manufacturers to provide these benefits is the business of Mustang Vacuum Systems Inc. The company is a global manufacturer of industrial-scale vacuum deposition equipment, including sputtering systems, evaporation systems, optical coating units and roll-to roll-systems. The equipment it manufactures is used to apply coatings to automotive, decorative, medical and industrial tools, and thin-film solar products.  Read more...
It seems that no one desires to wait for anything these days. Fortunately, they often don’t need to. Today, a product can be ordered on Saturday morning and arrive at a doorstep on Monday. As it is in the consumer world, so it is within the business world as well. Manufacturers like LMT Onsrud that are able provide their customers with what they require and almost immediately are the ones that will win.  LMT Onsrud began in 1946 and since that time it has been committed to providing the best-quality router bits and cutting tools within the industry. Tooling lines range from wood materials to plastics and composite machining to the latest end mill lines utilized to cut aluminums and exotic metals. Its products are used in industries such as aerospace, defense and medical. Read more...
When Linear Mold & Engineering launched in 2003, the economy in its native Michigan was on shaky ground. Nevertheless, the company’s founders believed there would always be a need for manufacturers who could perform rapid tooling for the automotive industry. More than a decade later, Linear has been proven right, as it has grown to become one of the most successful providers of tooling for molds in North America. Director of New Business Development – Tooling & Manufacturing Lou Young says the company has become a leader in the industry through its dedication to upgrading its equipment and embrace of innovation as well as a solid reputation for handling customers’ requests in a timely fashion.  Read more...
CNC Engineering Inc.’s business is centered on machines, but its key element is its staff, Vice President Patrick Harrington asserts. “We’ve surrounded ourselves with very talented people,” he declares. They include its team of gifted engineers, which are among the best in the business. “We’re always on the look-out for the right type of engineer,” Harrington asserts.  Based in Enfield, Conn., CNC Engineering provides FANUC integration services for multiple industries, including aerospace, automotive, bearings, and oil and gas clients. “Aerospace is year in and year out probably our largest customer,” Harrington says. Co-owner Gary Caravella started CNC Engineering more than 30 years ago. Although his father specialized in manufacturing, “Gary studied electrical engineering,” Harrington says, noting that the younger Caravella focused on updating various machine tools. Read more...

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