The 2010 merger of equals between Snyder’s of Hanover and Lance Inc. was a sensible marriage. The two companies both made a variety of snacks such as pretzels, crackers, cookies and chips sold in grocery stores and convenience stores nationwide. When these two like-minded companies joined forces to form Snyder’s-Lance, it created an even stronger organization. Two years after the merger, the company is still steadily on the track to becoming a stronger and more unified entity.
Time is money, and when it takes thousands of hours to cut plastics injection molds from steel, every second that can be saved counts. “An entire mold like an eight-cavity mold – if it’s not too complex – may run about 1,200 to 1,400 man-hours to build,” estimates Len Graham, Rexam Mold Manufacturing business unit leader. “A mold that is larger – like a 128-cavity, two-face mold – that can take 6,000 to 7,000 man-hours. You’ll mess around with those things for months.
Remington Arms Co. COO Kevin Miniard spent many years in the automotive industry before joining the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturer, and in that time he learned a lot. He started his career working on the line at a Toyota plant in Kentucky, and within a few years he became one of the key people establishing the operations group for a new plant in Indiana, eventually running operations for Chrysler and several suppliers to the industry, as well. In that time, Miniard says he was witness to the remarkable operational changes that came out of Toyota and soon came to dominate the automotive industry.
World-class quality, service and manufacturing techniques are the backbone to the success of Multimedia Games Inc. (MGAM) and the key to providing its customers with a viable video gaming device. “This is a direct result of attention to detail, from the acceptance of an order to robust assembly and the inspection documentation used to manufacture and validate each unit,” maintains Gary S. Kloc, vice president – manufacturing operations.
A Wisconsin-based design/build contractor with 56 years of experience building manufacturing facilities is taking the next big step in its ongoing evolution.
MSI General Corp.’s Eco/Design Build program, launched in 2009, offers clients in the industrial sector and other markets high-performance building options regardless of whether they wish to seek formal LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
Travel of products through assembly lines has become much more sophisticated than the moving belts and chains used to pull products through factories. Now, instead of an unyielding movement of products at the same speed past assembly stations, MagneMotion’s systems can provide more independent travel. It’s the difference between a 20-car train being pulled by an engine versus each car of the train being able to travel independently in either direction under its own power.
The fact that more manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to U.S. soil from overseas markets is good news for the manufacturing industry as a whole, but KTR, in particular, is excited about the growth it can generate for its company. As a global operation, KTR can serve its clients on a local or regional basis, depending on their location. In addition, its quality program ensures that regardless of which location creates the product or component, customers’ exacting standards are met.
One of the most important things a business can do is provide its employees with support. The Hillman Group focuses on empowering employees to do their jobs, Senior Vice President of Operations Rob Lackman says.
“The leadership team here makes good decisions for the employees and the health of the company,” he declares. “I think that’s critical [for] a good organization to operate from the bottom up.”