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Zodiac Aerospace

When entering a business aircraft, one can only be impressed by the elegance, comfort and functionality the cabin interior provides to its occupants. From leather seats to exotic wood cabinets, these details...
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White Rock Inc.

Becoming a successful precision manufacturer requires everything from first-class capabilities, experienced personnel and a high level of customer service to competitive pricing, rapid deliveries and flawless...
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Western States Machine Co.

Western States Machine Co. has been manufacturing centrifuges for nearly one century and its commitment to keeping its customers’ machines running – no matter how old – along with its dedication...
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UMC

Ultra Machining Company (UMC), Monticello, Minn., has prided itself on taking on its clients’ more difficult projects for more than 45 years. “We make precision-machined components and assemblies primarily...
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Thermon Canada

Thermon Canada is part of a global organization that is an industry leader in the specialized field of heat-tracing technology. The business was founded in Texas in 1954 and today remains the only international...
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Team Metal Finishing Inc.

At Team Metal Finishing (TMF) Inc., all employees are ready to pull their own weight, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Quentin Holbrooks says. “No one minds working hard to ensure that we provide...
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Stainless Sales Corp.

Stainless Sales Corp. produces stainless steel slit coil for a variety of industries, including construction, aerospace, medical and food-processing equipment. “We provide many types, gauges and finishes...
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SFM

Quebec-based SF Marketing (SFM) is an unusual type of distributorship. Handling sales and marketing as well as service and technical support, “We offer a way for foreign manufacturers to essentially...
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Sensient Colors Latin America

Year after year, Sensient Technologies continues to grow as a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee but maintains operating...
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Röchling Automotive

With more than 3,600 employees, the Röchling Automotive Group is a global partner to automotive manufacturers and system suppliers. Its 20 manufacturing plants, spread across four continents, ensure customer...
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Reid-Ashman

Founded in 1979, Reid-Ashman has become the world’s leading supplier of mechanical solutions to the semiconductor test industry thanks to its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Founded...
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Prima Power Laserdyne

There’s a concept in modern science called “Fine-Tuned Universe.” The theory is that if any number of physical constants – the position of the sun, for example, or the earth’s tilt – were even...
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Columns

Culture Change in Broader Economy

An uncertain and unstable national and global economic environment impacts almost every facet of business. Not surprisingly, culture change is no exception. Even those businesses that pride themselves...
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Addressing Undermanaged Inefficiency Drivers

Since the beginning of the lean era more than 20 years ago, there has been traditionally a high focus on production processes. Over time lean development principles have been identified and added to utilize...
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The “Wave” Phenomenon

Human nature being what it is, the tendency is to maintain the status quo exemplified by the time-worn cliché, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The company has now placed itself in a reactive...
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Making the Case

These problems are not hypotheticals. They are quite common according to our roundtable of culture change experts: Kevin Sensenig, Ph.D., global vice president of learning and organization development...
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2014: From Which Markets Will Sales Increases Come?

The focus of this issue is for you to think about what you plan to achieve in terms of sales increases in 2014 and from where these increases will come. Let’s start this discussion with a few short questions: 1.Have...
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EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards and Voluntary Quality Assurance Program

On Feb. 7, 2013, EPA proposed 2013 renewable fuel standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuels that apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or imported...
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Near-Shoring Takes Hold

Apple CEO Tim Cook made headlines recently when he announced plans to move production for at least part of an existing Mac line to the United States. In fact, Apple joins a growing list of North American...
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Define and Prioritize

The article on Exporting in the last issue suggested that prior to going to a trade show or on a trade mission, that one have some idea as to the extent of the commitment and control one wanted to have...
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Avoid the Training Tragedy: focus on your training ROI

Every year, businesses spend a significant amount on employee training. The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) reports that in 2010, employers spent close to $171.5 billion on employee...
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Sustainable Competitiveness

The current initiatives of “insourcing” jobs offer new opportunities for U.S. manufacturing. However, they once again raise the question of the global long-term competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers....
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Special Focus

American manufacturing is poised for a comeback thanks to companies such as Wauseon Mach­ine and Manufacturing (WMM). Found­­­ed as a small contract machine shop in 1983, the company continues to evolve as it nears its 30th anniversary in 2013. Read more...
People who can set up a small shop to assemble material handling manipulators and tooling might consider themselves competitors to Positech Corp., but that is not the way President Mike Olson sees it. “We consider our strongest competitors to be about a dozen [companies], but if you look at people who sell material handling manipulators and tooling, they’re probably in the hundreds,” Olson calculates. “Anybody who can build this little piece of equipment in their garage gets to consider themselves qualified, but we don’t agree with that.” Read more...
Unlike many battery manufacturers that work strictly for OEMs, Global Technology Systems (GTS) has made its name by working directly with end-users of its batteries since its inception in 1999. This distinction, according to COO Mike Grosberg, is the difference between customers getting the best performance available today vs. having to purchase new devices to get the latest in battery technology from manufacturers. Read more...
Some firms limit the autonomy of their workers, but not Applied Energy Solutions (AES). Instead, President Vern Fleming says the company gives them the opportunity to make important decisions on its work floor. Read more...
Labor Day is a happy civil holiday – most people enjoy a long weekend, and the holiday is filled with barbecues, parades and activities that allow Americans to enjoy the end of summer. But the reason for the holiday is to celebrate workers and their economic and social contributions to our society. And it is the manufacturing industry and its millions of workers that continue to contribute to the U.S. quality of life in a major way.  Read more...

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