Knowing what a customer needs is half the battle. Having the ability to actually provide it is where true victory comes in. Plating Technology, with plants in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, has organized its entire operation around what its customers need. The ISO 9001:2008-certified company is the largest alloy plater in North America and provides tin-zinc, zinc-nickel, zinc-iron and electroless nickel plating. It also provides anodizing and organic coatings.

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Nothing beats quality in the manufacturing industry, and Marlow Industries makes sure that point is understood throughout its operations in America and abroad. In fact, employees of Marlow Industries recite corporate and individualized pledges that reinforce their commitment to quality at the company’s monthly all-staff meetings.

“We conduct professional quality training with all our employees,” General Manager Kevin MacGibbon says. “We have a very good workforce here in Dallas. The tenure ranges between 12 and more than 34 years.”

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A well-designed office with quality, comfortable furniture is a key part of ensuring high employee morale. Not only must office furniture be structurally sound, functional and contribute to productivity, it also should be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Kimball Office strives to include all of these attributes in the products it sells to government, financial, university and law clients, which has fueled its success for nearly 40 years. 

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Since its humble beginnings as a father-and-son machine shop in 1946, Kay Manufacturing has developed into a highly capable and lean precision machining operation. The Calumet City, Ill.-based company says its facility and people have the capabilities to produce more than 30,000 high-quality components per day for its customers in the automotive, agricultural or ordnance sectors.

The company says it has become a leader in the industry through the hard work and dedication of its employees as well as a strong emphasis on lean processes. “While constantly aware of global threats and opportunities, Kay Manufacturing Co. provides value-added precision machining services of forged material to domestic automotive subassemblies on a production basis,” the company says. “Additionally, Kay Manufacturing Co. continuously develops its people and lean processes to attain our common vision.”

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For many companies, outsourcing is an extremely undesirable concept that brings to mind the loss of jobs and product quality in the name of cost savings. Typically, manufacturers only look to it as a last resort in a poor economy, with many later regretting the decision regardless of the positive effect on their bottom line.

Louisville, Colo.-based Inovonics made the decision in 2008 to contract out its manufacturing operations for reasons similar to those of many other companies. The wireless sensor, network and systems manufacturer, founded in the mid-1980s, faced capacity restraints that would have required a heavy investment in new equipment, which it wasn’t willing to make during a poor market.

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Over the course of the last nine decades, Hygenic Corp. has grown into a global leader in the production of high-quality synthetic and natural rubber products. When it was founded in 1925, the company cut its teeth as a manufacturer of vulcanized rubber dentures. Today, it is known in the healthcare industry and beyond for the quality of it natural and synthetic rubber sheeting, extruded rubber tubing, dipped-latex tubing, latex-free tubing, and latex and synthetic tourniquets.

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When inventor and businessman Magnus Hendrickson founded his namesake company 100 years ago on May 1, 1913, it would have been hard for him to imagine exactly how successful it would become over the course of the next century.

Hendrickson was an innovative company from the start, but over the years it continued to develop a strong reputation as one of the leaders in heavy-duty truck and trailer suspensions; auxiliary lift axles systems; axles; springs and bumpers for commercial trucking industry.

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Emmanouel Piliaris, general manager at Hardel Mutual Plywood Corp., has a simple yet powerful management mantra: “You either move forward, or the competition will take you over.”

Piliaris’ mantra to never settle echoes throughout Hardel – the company has become one of the largest and most successful plywood manufacturers in North America. Founded in 1953 as a worker-owned softwood plywood mill, Hardel has grown to be a plywood powerhouse with 280 employees working out of a facility that spans seven acres. Under this roof, more than 500 different products are manufactured, including 170 million square feet of plywood on a 3/8-inch basis, annually.

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