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JobPack’s dedicated scheduling system helps manufacturers make informed decisions on expediting and investments.

By Tim O’Connor

It used to be that integration was king. When Peter Welsh started in the manufacturing execution systems industry 15 years ago, customers wanted one complete system that could do everything. Consolidating all the manufacturing components under a single platform ensured capability and avoided time-consuming IT headaches. Customers were content to buy scheduling software from the ERP provider because they knew it would work with their ERP system.

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 Western States Machine Co. is proud of its 100 years of providing customers with American-made products.

By Jim Harris

During its 100 years in business, Western States Machine Co. has seen many of its peers and competitors make major changes to manufacturing operations such as offshoring production to Asia. Rather than joining its contemporaries down this path, the Fairfield, Ohio-based centrifuge manufacturer has stuck to its principles and maintained production in the United States.


TiLite’s ability to customize wheelchairs to a user’s specific dimensions sets it apart.

When TiLite started out nearly three decades ago, wheelchairs were just a portion of its business, and titanium wheelchair parts were just a part of a product mix that included titanium bicycle frames, golf club shafts, motorcycle parts and custom projects. Then, in the late 1990s, the company had an inspiration. According to TiLite, the company realized it could apply its knowledge of customized titanium construction to an entire wheelchair, creating something totally unique in the marketplace.



Tethon 3D helps its clients create the ‘unimaginable.’ By Alan Dorich

There is never a point when the leadership of Tethon 3D is completely satisfied with its product offerings. President and CEO Karen Linder says the Omaha, Neb.-based company continuously innovates to meet customers’ needs.

“We respond to customer demand to create new materials and are continually reformulating our existing products to improve them,” she describes. “They go through versions that are updated typically every six months with new formulations.”

Tethon 3D manufactures ceramic powders for binder-jet printing and photo-curable ceramic polymers for SLA and DLP 3D printing. Linder and her husband, Jim Linder, founded the company in 2011, taking its name from the word for “white buffalo” in the language of the Omaha Sioux Native American tribe.


PoolPak® International leads the market with the highest-quality, most reliable, indoor swimming pool dehumidification equipment in the industry.

By Chris Petersen

Most people don’t think about humidity until there is too much of it, in which case it is all that they can think about. For the owners and operators of large indoor swimming pools, thinking about humidity and temperature control is a daily activity.  Maintaining control of the humidity and temperature levels is paramount to ensuring that indoor pool patrons are safe and comfortable.  Additionally, it is essential to maintaining the strength of the building structure and the condition indoor swimming pool accessories.  For more than 45 years, PoolPak has been recognized as a leader in indoor swimming pool dehumidification, manufacturing high-quality and reliable systems that provide accurate control of the humidity and temperature conditions in the indoor swimming pool space. President Bob Paley says the company is proud of the reputation it has built in the industry, based upon reliability, quality, and hard work.

The initial technology behind the PoolPak product line was developed in the early 1970’s by York International Group, now known as Johnson Controls. In 1986, the PoolPak product line was spun off into its own company and sold to its current owners. Today, PoolPak is one of the leading manufacturers of indoor swimming pool dehumidification systems, serving a wide variety of customers including hotels, athletic complexes, educational institutions, and commercial pools. In building a relationship with each customer, Paley cites that experience, reliability, and a quality product are critical factors to the success of PoolPak. “We have over 45 years of experience; we are a very strong company and stand behind our products.” Paley says. “We take pride in our high level of customer service to our customers, showing them just how the dehumidification industry should work.”


Understanding pressures facing its end markets and changing customer requirements helps Houghton International to drive innovation and develop solutions for its customers.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 1865, Houghton International is today one of the most successful and respected specialty chemical companies in the world. Through innovative products, value added services and a global network of experts, Houghton is able to partner with customers and deliver innovative and sustainable technical solutions to help its clients increase productivity, reduce operating costs and minimize risks. 

“The company began with a rust preventive product, and it has successfully expanded its product portfolio in the industrial world and by entering developing countries,” CEO Michael Shannon says. “We’ve always been a leader in technology and product development. Our people and technology have put us in a leadership position, allowing us to build the largest marketshare and a great customer base.”

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