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Westmatic Corporation

Trucks and buses work hard to carry people and goods to where they need to be, and that hard work means picking up a lot of dirt and grit. Keeping clean is essential for the long-term maintenance of...
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Van’s Aircraft Inc.

It’s not often that a manufacturing company only does its job halfway, but that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airplane kits that customers of Van’s Aircraft Inc....
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Unison Industries

Unison Industries has grown from a world-class ignition company whose products reliably start more than 100,000 aircraft engines daily into a worldwide leader in aviation technology offering both electrical...
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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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Tier One LLC

For Tier One LLC, being a contract manufacturer does not mean merely building a product based on a customer’s blueprint. “We believe in working together with customers as opposed to a ‘here’s...
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TEI Rock Drills

Since its earliest days, TEI Rock Drills has been committed to manufacturing superior, American-made drilling equipment. Founded as Tech Enterprises Inc. in 1980 in Montrose, Colo., by Bill Patterson,...
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T&J Manufacturing LLP

The aerospace industry requires parts to be manufactured with high precision and quality, which is why it often turns to T&J Manufacturing LLP. Based in Middletown, Conn., the firm offers precision...
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Stant

People of a certain age might remember how smelly cars used to be. The smell lingered in the garage even after the car pulled out, and pumping gas at the station was an odorous affair. “That doesn’t...
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The Sorin Group

The innovations developed by the Sorin Group’s cardiopulmonary business unit have had a significant impact on the way cardiopulmonary bypass procedures are performed throughout the world, the company...
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Slacan Industries

Canada and cold winters are synonymous. Having a strong constitution and ability to withstand freezing temperatures is an absolute necessity for both the country’s millions of residents as well as...
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SAS Automation

During its 18 years in business, SAS Automation has seen an increase in demand for its end-of-arm tooling offerings.  The Ohio company designs, builds and services end-of-arm tooling for all makes...
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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

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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