When Mid-State Machine expanded its operation five years ago in Winslow, Maine, the company experienced many of the growing pains encountered by small, privately held businesses. Today, however, with help from parent company Precision Partners – a private equity firm with operations in four countries and more than 1,800 employees worldwide – Mid-State Machine has become one of the industry leaders in precision contract machining, fabrication and assembly.
For more than a century, Wigwam Mills has produced American-made socks using American sourced yarns spun with wool and manmade fibers. Founded as Hand Knit Hosiery Co., it started as a manufacturer of Wigwam-branded wool socks for lumbermen. In 1957, the company changed its name to Wigwam Mills to take advantage of the brand’s popularity. Today, it produces lines of outdoor, sport, snow sport, work and health socks.
Machining landing gears from massive forgings – some of which are as heavy as a passenger automobile – requires a multitude of vertically integrated operations, from machining the forgings to heat treating, finishing and assembling them into landing gears. Supporting a variety of commercial programs for aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier requires a high level of internal manufacturing capacity along with the ability to accommodate adjustments to production rates in accordance with customer demand.
A leading force in the design, development and manufacturing of broadband high-power helix traveling wave tubes (TWTs), Teledyne TWT Products is a key player in the electronic warfare, radar and communication sectors in the United States. Formerly known as Teledyne MEC, the company has joined with six others, forming the Teledyne Microwave Solutions group to provide a full range of microwave technologies. The new group is a major piece of the Teledyne Technologies family of high-tech companies.
Relying heavily on the discretionary spending in the marine market during a down economy can spell trouble for any manufacturer. However, the Thomas G. Faria Corp. – an analog and digital instrumentation (with LCD and touch screen technology) manufacturer based in Uncasville, Conn. – is on a path to diversify across a variety of industries, relying on its reputation for innovative design, quality, delivery and the ability to capitalize on its status as a vertically integrated manufacturer based in the U.S.A.
For people living in the northern hemisphere, with snowy and icy winters, there isn’t a more welcoming sight than a snowplow clearing a path in the road, spreading salt or sand during a snowstorm. The right equipment and the right amount of equipment available to a municipality is the difference between maintaining productivity and stopping the normal flow of life for those communities.
In 2011, U.S. e-retail sales reached $202 billion, this year they are estimated to top out at $226 billion, and sales will continue to grow each year, so much so that U.S. retailers are expected to see $327 billion in online sales by 2016, according to Forrester Research. Distribution centers are busy, but even with all of that revenue coming in via the Internet, few businesses can afford to waste money in any aspect of their operations. Box On Demand helps online retailers – as well as numerous other markets – ensure their packaging and shipping remain as cost-efficient as possible.
In today’s world of heightened environmental consciousness, the construction, commercial and industrial markets are on notice to be green. With many factors to consider, achieving small carbon footprints does not come easy for any business, so they look for help in reaching those goals. Nuform Building Technologies Inc. is one firm that is ready to use its innovative products to help clients go green and add value to their operations.