Rochester Metal Products maintains state-of-the-art operations while staying a leader in service. By Alan Dorich
Rochester Metal Products Corp.’s (RMP) Employees have a reputation for taking care of the customer, Maintenance and Engineering Manager Doug Smith says. “There’s a positive connotation when [people] hear you’re part of Rochester Metal Products,” he asserts.
Based in Rochester, Ind., with roots more than 125 years old, the company now specializes in pouring gray and ductile iron castings. Senior Vice President and General Manager Greg Loving says those roots go back to its beginning as a school furniture manufacturing business that started operations before 1890 in Richmond, Ind.
It moved to Muncie, Ind., in 1901 and to Rochester, Ind., in 1937 where it operated a small foundry that made castings for lawnmowers and parts for other markets. “The strategy was to be well diversified and to cover as many different markets as possible, so if one was off, the other would pick up the slack,” Loving says.
Today, RMP’s markets include agriculture, automotive, construction, energy, heavy truck, industrial, marine, rail and recreational. “We sell to a variety of machine shops,” Director of Sales and Marketing Rick Bean says, adding the parts end up with majors such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Toyota, Caterpillar and John Deere.
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Stacker’s 3-D printers offer clients quality and efficiency at a lower cost. By Alan Dorich
Stacker LLC’s customer base includes almost anyone in the world, CEO Norston Fontaine says. “Everybody needs a 3-D printer,” he declares, naming industrial plants that move fluids as an example.
“[They] should have a 3-D printer so they can make their own gaskets, O-rings or seals,” he says. “A first-year CAD student could design anything that most industries need for cheap [with a 3-D printer].”
Minneapolis-based Stacker manufactures high-speed, multi-part and industrial-grade 3-D printers. Fontaine founded the company last year with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $413,000 in just 13 days.
“We’re really proud of what we did,” he recalls, noting that campaigns for niche projects sometimes fail. “According to Kickstarter, it was pretty incredible.”
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Koyo Machinery USA Inc.’s newest grinding machines made it a big hit at this year’s IMTS show. By Jim Harris
Koyo Machinery USA Inc. expected to generate positive interest in its newest products when it attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago in September.
The attention the company and its latest grinding machines received at the event, however, far exceeded what it had anticipated. “We had many more guests at our booth than we expected,” says Jennifer Brozek, marketing and sales coordinator for the Plymouth, Mich.-based company. “A lot of people stopped by with specific grinding projects they wanted to discuss, while others wanted to see our [new] C6060 machine in action.
“We had students, engineers, CEOs and just about every type of person at our booth,” she adds. “It was nice to see our customers face-to-face, talk to them and meet a lot of new people in the industry.”
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Remcor’s focus on material procurement, machinery integrity and human inspiration ensures top quality products. By Alan Dorich
After more than 35 years, The Remcor Group (dba Platinum Tank Group) has prospered by developing and maintaining strong relationships with its customers, suppliers and employees. “We’ve had long-lasting relationships and tremendous loyalty throughout the years at all levels,” Roberts states. “They enjoy working with us, and we enjoy working with them.”
Based in Chambly, Quebec, Platinum Tank Group is the marketing and sales umbrella for Remcor’s tank trailer manufacturing facilities. Roberts’ father – Peter Roberts – founded the company in 1979 with the creation of Remtec Inc., which specializes in aluminum petroleum, aluminum asphalt and aluminum crude trailers for clients in Eastern and Western Canada.
Tony Roberts, who joined the company in the mid-1980s, became involved in many of the acquisitions that helped Remcor grow its industry footprint. Most of the acquisitions, he notes, were industry recognized players would encountered financial troubles and were in need of a restart. “I became the negotiator of the acquisitions with my father and then I would be a member of the executive team that would restart the operations,” he recalls. These acquisitions included the purchase of Columbia Remtec in 1994, a manufacturer of aluminum petroleum tank trailers, aluminum crude tank trailers and specialty trailers for the Western Canadian market.
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Commitment to manufacturing high-quality products in Canada allows Bibby-Ste-Croix to stand out against the importers in its marketplace. By Eric Slack
With a history that stretches back for more than 90 years, Bibby-Ste-Croix is today a two-foundry company located in Quebec. From its Foundry Ste. Croix and Foundry Laperle facilities, the company manufactures two distinct product lines: cast iron drain pipe, fittings, couplings and wade drains, and waterworks products like valve boxes and street castings. These products make up 90 percent of the 53,000 tons of product the foundries produce each year. The remainder is OEM products for dozens of different companies and industries.
“Bibby is the largest and by far the leader in the production of our types of products in Canada,” President Tom Leonard says. “For drain pipe products, the biggest reason is we are the only producer left, as 19 years ago there were five foundries manufacturing cast iron pipe in Canada and now it is just us.”
The waterworks side of the business is similar. Nearly 20 years ago, there were a dozen foundries in Canada making street castings. Now there are really only two to speak of, and Bibby is the largest. This is due to investment, as Bibby is part of the McWane family of companies, which has taken on the difficult and risky task of investing into Canadian and American manufacturing instead of heading overseas.
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Versatex drives customer conversion by remaining innovative and nimble to meet their needs. By Janice Hoppe
Getting its start in last place with no sales 12 years ago, Versatex Building Products has become the second-largest player in the cellular PVC (polyvinyl chloride)architectural trim market. “Our success has been achieved by employing a business strategy built around flexible manufacturing, product and process innovations and approachability,” says John Pace, president and co-founder.
The Aliquippa, Pa.-based company is an innovator and manufacturer of high-end, premium, cellular PVC exterior trim products sold under the Versatex® brand name. Versatex’s products include trim board and sheet stock, signboard for digital printing, bead board, window and door casings, column wraps, soffit systems, corner board, mouldings and other precut and pre-shaped elements.
Versatex products are sold to professional contractors, builders and remodelers in the North American residential and commercial building markets through a network of stocking lumber dealers. Regional wholesale lumber distributors supply the company’s products to its local lumber dealers. “Versatex focuses exclusively on trim and sheet products,” Pace explains. “This focus, combined with expertise in precision and linear/vertical manufacturing have helped Versatex develop unique and proprietary formulations, processes and products that differentiate us from the competition, helping us drive customer conversion and loyalty.”
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Imagineering Finishing Technologies’ component coating and finishing capabilities help its customers achieve difficult goals including space exploration. By Jim Harris
Imagineering Finishing Technologies’ (IFT) capabilities go far beyond the simple coating and painting of parts. “We do not provide decorative coatings which only need to be visually appealing,” says Jim Hammer, president and CEO of the South Bend, Ind.-based company. “We apply functional, precision coatings for parts that absolutely cannot fail.”
IFT has earned the reputation as the KnowledgeSource™ for metal finishing and testing solutions. “We work collaboratively with our clients to understand their needs and critical performance objectives to solve wear and corrosion concerns to improve performance and extend the useful life of manufactured components,” Vice President of Technical Services Dan Englebert says. “With the assistance of our global supplier-partnership network we provide our clients with a competitive advantage in the markets that they serve.“
For the company, this includes treating metal parts and components used in a number of critical applications. One recent example of the company’s capabilities is its collaborating with aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed to coat and treat parts used in NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). IFT modified its Indianapolis facility to accommodate large treatment tanks that can process rocket parts of 18 feet or more in diameter. The SLS is the platform for launching rockets including the Orion manned spacecraft into space for exploring the underside of the moon as well as Mars.
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McFarlane Manufacturing Co. builds agricultural tillage equipment and fabricates structural steel as a means of diversifying its manufacturing efforts. By Russ Gager
Most of agriculture relies on something growing from a seed, but to do that, the seed has to be planted successfully. Preparing soil for planting in as few operations as possible is the goal of the agricultural tillage equipment designed and manufactured by third-generation, family owned McFarlane Manufacturing Co.
“We consider ourselves to be the seedbed specialist,” explains Todd Lassanske, general manager of the manufacturing division. “We’re preparing the seedbed before planting, which improves the productivity, robustness and maintenance of the soil by integrating the residues from the prior year.”
Incorporating the residues of corn stalks, soybeans and wheat into the ground in the fall, spring or both so they can decompose and fertilize the soil is the specialty of most of the equipment McFarlane manufactures. The equipment is designed to do several jobs so the number of times a farmer has to pull equipment through his fields with a tractor is reduced.
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