Mitchel & Scott Machine Co. offers its customers a host of value-added services.
Mitchel & Scott Machine Co.’s dedication to craftsmanship and quality has guided its operations for more than 80 years. The company has grown and thrived throughout its history thanks to its vertical integration, equipment diversification and extensive employee experience.
The company, founded in 1933 by Saben Mitchel and John Scott along with five employees, today employs a staff of roughly 200 people. Michel & Scott manufactures precision-machined components, with a focus on diversified, high-performance metal substrates and complex geometries used in a variety of industries.
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3DomFuel recycles byproducts to create precise filaments that promote a more sustainable 3-D printing industry. By Tim O’Connor
Next time you reach for a cold beer after work or order a caffeine-fueled pick-me-up from the corner coffeehouse, you might be helping to make additive manufacturing more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
In addition to its flagship Advanced PLA filament, North Dakota-based 3DomFuel recycles byproducts from the beer-making process as well as from coffee and industrial hemp production to create filaments that can be used in 3-D printers. Although plastics remain the industry’s prevailing material, 3DomFuel is meeting the demand for innovation.
“Buzzed,” the barley-scented filament made from beer byproducts, has found use in alcohol-related items, such as 3-D printed bar coasters. “Wound Up,” the coffee-based filament, has a natural grain look that lends itself to a wood substitute for architectural models. It can also match skin tones better than plastic filaments, making it a good candidate for 3-D printed prosthetics.
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FinishMaster is dedicated to going above and beyond when it comes to servicing its customers in the automotive aftermarket industry. By Stephanie Crets
FinishMaster has grown from a single outlet to more than 205 locations in 32 states since its founding in 1968. With more than 1,800 team members, the company’s combined experience and knowledge enables it to provide customers with the best automotive and industrial paint products and services needed to grow their businesses. Through exceptional customer service and a commitment to its core values, FinishMaster has become a leader in the automotive aftermarket.
“I believe we’re the leader in providing value to our customers because of our people,” President and COO Steve Arndt says. “All of our team members strive to wow our customers and give them the greatest experience whether they have been here for 30 years or 18 months. We’re a united team in that way. Culture will eat strategy’s lunch every day, and if you have the right culture, your strategy will follow. That philosophy has put FinishMaster in a leadership position.”
FinishMaster continued to solidify its leadership position after making seven acquisitions in 2016, adding 370 team members and 44 branches. This year, FinishMaster has already opened a Greenfield branch in Portland, Ore. As 2017 progresses, the company plans to become a bigger player in the industrial segment and to continue growth in the automotive sector. In addition, it will expand its private label brand of products that are targeted to meet the need of its customers in the automotive aftermarket industry. This growth plan will help FinishMaster exceed customer expectations through tailored services.
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Hexagon Lincoln designs, tests and manufactures high-pressure fuel and storage tanks for compressed natural gas (CNG). By Bianca Herron
Hexagon Lincoln LLC designs, tests and manufactures high-pressure fuel and storage tanks for compressed natural gas (CNG). The Lincoln, Neb.-based company (formerly known as Lincoln Composites) is part of Hexagon Composites Group, which started in the aerospace industry more than 50 years ago manufacturing filament-wound pressure vessels.
“It feels good to be a part of a company like Hexagon Lincoln,” Dave Myers, sales manager for North America, says proudly. “Certainly a company in today’s world that has been around for this long is a feat. But for many companies this longevity doesn’t happen, and for those that were started 40 or 50 years ago they have now gone away. So it’s nice to be involved with a company that has been around, is well managed and financially stable.”
Hexagon, Lincoln has had many names over the years, including Brunswick, Lincoln Composites and General Dynamics Myers says. “About 25 years ago, the company developed the first all-composite pressure vessels primarily used in natural gas vehicles. Lincoln Composites left the aerospace industry nearly 15 years ago and has since become the largest global manufacturer of what is called a type-4 pressure vessel.”
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Wiegel Tool Works is creating a pipeline of talent to support the metal stamping industry. By Tim O’Connor
Since he took over his family company in 2010, the biggest hurdle to Aaron Wiegel’s plans for aggressive growth hasn’t come from competition or market pressures, but the lack of skilled workers in the job market. “When we came out of the recession, not only did all our competitors go out of business, but the majority of employees who served them went into other industries or retired off,” the president of Illinois-based Wiegel Tool Works (WTW) says.
The problem was two-fold: Not only was there a lack of qualified metal stamping workers, but those who were looking were often nearing retirement age, and the average age of his own workers was 59.5 years old. It can take five to six years to become a journeyman tool and die maker, so by the time WTW invested in those older applicants’ training the company would only get a few years of work before their careers were over.
Wiegel realized the company needed to put more effort into recruiting the next generation of tool and die and metal stamping workers. He became involved in the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), an organization that represents and supports small precision manufacturers in Illinois.
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Nooter/Eriksen continues to improve its products and seek new markets as it reaches its 30th anniversary. By Jim Harris
The customers that purchase from Nooter/Eriksen have unique, specific requirements for the equipment they purchase from the company. “In the sector we serve, project scheduling is absolutely critical, so on-time delivery and providing a reliable product at a competitive price is paramount for us,” says Mike Filla, senior vice president of business development for the Fenton, Mo.-based company.
Nooter/Eriksen’s clients also have performance requirements for the heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) the company designs and manufactures. The HRSG’s are used behind gas turbines to generate electricity for the power industry.
Typical customers include utility companies, independent power producers (IPPs), as well as engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) and gas turbine OEMs. “Our customers come to us with specific process design requirements to meet their plant needs and we custom design our equipment to these requirements,” President Tim Peterson says. “Meeting required guaranteed performance levels is critical to our success.”
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As long as its customers and employees are satisfied, BBS Automation says the sky is the limit when it comes to growth. By Bianca Herron
BBS Automation provides assembly and testing systems for clients in the life sciences, automotive, energy and energy storage industries, many of who are Fortune 500 companies. In addition, the Bartlett, Ill.-based company performs contract manufacturing for customers that require multiple machines to be built.
Along with its Bartlett, Ill., location, BBS Automation has two facilities in Germany (including the Group Headquarters), two in China, one in Malaysia and an engineering office in Canada. The company is currently in the process of expanding into Mexico, according to Group Chief Operating Officer and President Darragh Staunton.
“BBS Automation is privately owned by industry leaders in the automation world, setting it apart from its competitors,” Staunton says. “The owners and managers of the company have spent their entire lives in the automation industry. They understand what it means to get a customized piece of automation built, which is something that our competitors don’t.”
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BTD Manufacturing is self-sufficient when serving clients that include Polaris. By Alan Dorich
Many companies outsource work, but BTD Manufacturing prefers to do as much as it can under its roof. But this is not as much about cost as one might think, President Paul Gintner asserts. “It’s about the speed,” he says.
Thanks to its Advanced Manufacturing group, BTD can quickly navigate its clients’ products through multiple processes, including stamping and tooling, all on its own. “That brings value to our customer,” he asserts.
Based in Detroit Lakes, Minn., BTD offers custom metalworking services including metal fabrication, forming, welding, powder coating, prototyping and laser cutting. Founders Erling Rasmussen and Paul White Jr. started the company in 1979 as Bismarck Tool and Die (BTD) Co.
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