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Trans-Matic Manufacturing Co.

Trans-Matic Manufacturing Co.’s products are typically small and difficult to make, but the company ranks among the top-10 deep-drawn metal stamping companies in the world because of its ability to...
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Teledyne TWT Products

Teledyne TWT Products operates in a decidedly high-tech marketplace. It produces an electronic product – a microwave tube assembly – that allows for the direction of energy along frequency bands...
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TD Industrial Coverings

Tailors are experts in altering fabric to achieve a perfect fit and that’s exactly what Italian immigrant and tailor Tommaso D’Andreta did more than 30 years ago for the automotive industry.   “My...
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Scarab International

People often consider natural methods and materials to be best in agriculture, and Scarab International’s products help municipalities, farmers, feedlots, dairies and others transform organic material...
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Renegade Parts Washers

Barney has looked for and found the same characteristics in others as the company morphed into what it is today – an ensemble of proud employees, all of whom are experts in their respective fields,...
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RefPlus

Founded in 1994, RefPlus has grown into a leading manufacturer of commercial refrigeration and precision cooling products. Having evolved from its roots in the Quebec marketplace, it now sells coast...
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Qroma

In 1930, the company that is now known as Qroma S.A. set the stage to be a leader in the paint business by becoming Peru’s first paint factory – Compañia Peruana de Paintings (CPP) (“Peruvian...
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Productos Cave

Founded in 1990, Products Cave S.A. can be described almost literally as a well-oiled machine. The Chile-based company produces highly specialized materials for the construction industry. Its 6,800-...
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PL Developments

The name “PL Developments” might not be as well-known as that of your favorite, nationally advertised cold or flu preparation, but if you have bought a store brand over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical,...
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Phoenix Manufacturing

For Phoenix Manufacturing, there’s more to business than just profitability or market dominance. “In our society, business has become cut-throat,” Vice President of Development and Manufacturing...
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OGS Industries

OGS Industries is not the kind of company that sweeps problems under the rug, Marketing Manager Andrew Bader says. If a problem has been identified, ”We act quickly to rectify it,” says Bader, who...
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Norgren

Some companies conduct business without strong values, but Norgren takes the opposite approach. “We take our integrity and our code of conduct very seriously,” CEO of Latin America Ricardo Rodrigues...
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Evolving Chemical Management

The Challenge Product formulation is a balancing of performance, cost and safety considerations. Product manufacturers are always questioning whether chemical ingredients are safe and whether anything...
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Demand-Driven Omnichain

Supply chains have matured to become faster and more interconnected, but they’ve also grown more complex. More suppliers mean more points of integration across supply chain infrastructures. Multiple...
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Ongoing Engagement

The numbers in the United States are staggering, but the results are even worse globally, where Gallup’s 2013 State of the Global Workplace indicated that only 13 percent of the global workforce is...
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Smart Schooling

“AMT is doing its part to support the 3-D printing industry’s effort to place a 3-D printer in every school in the United States,” says Greg Jones, vice president – Smartforce Development, AMT.  To...
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Player Power

“By 2050, the world will be using 75 percent more energy than it does now,” says Andre Araujo, Shell Brazil Country Chair. “Meeting that extra demand will require a set of energy sources – and...
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Landmark Donation

A recipient of a Toyota Tribal College Scholarship, Torres-Hernandez studies math at a tribal college in Rocky Boy, Mont. Once the 3.7-GPA student earns her four-year degree from a university, she plans...
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Machining Might

To deliver quality, industry-aligned training connected to labor-market opportunities, NIMS will work with lead colleges Central Arizona College in Collidge, Ariz.; South Central College in North Mankato,...
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Driving Exploration

Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core. This type of composite is used extensively within the aerospace industry and in other...
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Marketing

But what if you didn’t just buy a microwave and, instead, bought a geothermal heat pump that needs to run at a specific heat? If that manual said, “the not right temperature should run at 1,000 degrees,”...
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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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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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