For Fox Products Corp., the use of modern manufacturing machinery and traditional hand-crafting methods are not mutually exclusive. The South Whitley, Ind., musical instrument maker applies modern concepts including value stream mapping to its operations while still relying on hand assembly and other time-tested techniques.

For more than 50 years, Formsprag Clutch has been a leader in the design, manufacture and delivery of reliable precision power transmission products to a variety of industries. The Warren, Mich.-based manufacturer prides itself on providing one of the broadest lines of overrunning clutches and backstops, and for maintaining the highest standards of quality – ISO 9001  – for more than 18 years, says Mike Travis, manager of sales and marketing.

Traditionally, Federal has been in the business of making connections for the oil and gas industry, but CEO Keith Luomala says it may be more accurate to say that it’s in the business of making connections with the oil and gas industry. “The best way to describe our company and our customer relationships is that we’re a partner to the entire oil and gas industry,” Luomala says. 

In today’s fast-paced business environment, IT networks and their infrastructure are the life­blood of any successful business. Enterasys Net­works has been a pioneer in the network infrastructure industry since its founding, consistently staying one step ahead of technological advances for its clients throughout the United States and the world.

Delivering all types of industrial gasses is the most expensive part of the operation, considering the labor and fuel costs involved. So whatever can be done to reduce the number of deliveries is helpful. Delivering gass­es under pressure in thermos-like tanks that keep the gasses 200 to 400 below zero degrees Fahrenheit can provide far more volume than warm­er, low-pressure storage.

There are not many companies have survived for 80 years and had three generations of family involvement, but Composite Forgings Ltd. has. Based in Detroit, the open-die forger has and continues to flourish. President Charles Hopper Jr.’s grand­­father, Charles Hopper, retired from Composite as a heat treater and a welder. “Originally, it was a hammer shop, who producing small automotive-type forgings,” the younger Hopp­er explains.

Archery enthusiasts are among the most passionate participants in any outdoor recreational sport. So, it is no wonder BowTech Archery, a manufacturer of bows and arrows in Eugene, Ore., employs a number of archers in its work force, including President Mark Pezzoni. “Because so many people are passionate archers, it helps us understand what real innovation is and what constitutes great archery products,” Pezzoni says.

This October, Bear Archery will launch its 2012 line of compound and traditional bows, just in time for the holiday gifting season. Soon after, Bear Archery will begin working on its 2013 line because as its vice president and general manager Jack Bow­man explains, the three most im­port keys to success in this business are new, newer and newest.

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