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Trinity Forge Inc.

Trinity Forge Inc. is a forge shop that also provides value-added machining. “What that means is we not only provide forged products, but we also machine those products and provide general machining...
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Time Manufacturing

Time Manufacturing has been a trusted name in aerial lifts since 1965 because it continues to offer the latest in safety and product improvements for its global customers to perform their jobs at elevated...
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Spaulding Composites Inc.

Most people think of bearings as being made of bronze or other metal alloys, but they can wear better and weigh less when they are manufactured from thermoset composite materials. “What you’re talking...
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SpaceKap

Since developing the first-ever commercial fiberglass truck cap in 1984, SpaceKap has delivered more than 235,000 units to plumbers, electricians and contractors across the United States and Canada....
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SETCO Inc.

After more than a century, SETCO Inc. has not stopped focusing on ways it can be more productive, President Jeff Clark says. “Quality today is a given,” he says. “You have to strive to [find out]...
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Sheffield Platers

San Diego-based Sheffield Platers is a model electroplating and engineering facility, and it has the credentials to prove it. For example, the company’s main production facility is so clean and efficient...
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Robinson Industries

Ardis and Fred Robinson had more in mind than just profit when they started Robinson Industries in 1947. “They really wanted the company to be focused on community, family and charity,” says Ronda...
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RAE Corp.

RAE Corp. strives to always perform better tomorrow than it did today and works towards this goal by demanding excellence in its people, relationships and products. In an effort to continually evolve,...
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Quick Mount PV

For the first time in history, the residential sector beat the commercial sector in photovoltaic installations in May. A study sponsored by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association reported...
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Purcell Tire & Rubber Co.

If something has wheels, the odds are that it needs tires. And, if something needs tires, the odds are that Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. has whatever it needs to keep those tires on the road. Vice President...
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SC Metals

PSC Metals is upgrading its shredding technology to gain even greater separation of ferrous and non-ferrous metals from non-metallic and waste material. “We have materials that still go to the landfill,”...
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Precision Gear Inc.

As a key supplier to many OEMs in the jet engine and aircraft industry, Precision Gear Inc. has put a lot of emphasis on customer satisfaction and continuous process improvement over the years. Founded...
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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

Many of Suburban Manufacturing Inc.’s employees were initially skeptical of the company’s implementation of lean initiatives three years ago. “Our company has been around for 34 years, and we’ve had people who have been here a long time and were used to the way things were done,” CEO Peter Thompson says. “At our first few lean meetings, people said I was insane when I told them we were making investments in procedures that would reduce our setup time by 80 percent.” That skepticism was quickly replaced by enthusiasm once the Monticello, Minn.-based company’s investments in technology, equipment and processes resulted in not only greater efficiency, but also a significant increase in its sales and capabilities. “The lean process was truly transformative once our staff was trained, got involved and saw results,” Thompson adds. The company has significantly grown its marketshare and product lines in the past three years, and has a goal to double its size within five years. “We wouldn’t be where we are without taking risks and making investments,” Thompson says.  Read more...
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...

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