BE Peterson is unlike many of its competitors in the metal fabrication field, and Vice President of Business Development Daniel Szczurko says the reasons why it is different also are the reasons why the company has been a solid presence in the marketplace for more than 75 years. The company was founded by the Peterson family in Massachusetts in 1935, and since that time it has grown into a metal fabricator capable of working with major customers to produce highly complicated components. 

Szczurko says the most unique aspect of BE Peterson is how it serves its customer base. Many metal fabricators build components to customers’ specifications on a per-order basis, but BE Peterson works to provide contract-manufacturing services to some clients on a daily basis. The most prominent example of this model is the company’s work for Phillips Medical, for which BE Peterson manufactures most of the metal components for the super-magnets used in MRI machines. Szczurko says this has grown into a significant portion of the company’s business over the years, giving BE Peterson a daily flow of contract manufacturing work to keep it busy.

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When the manufacturing industry is called upon to innovate and grow the economy as a result, many turn to Northrop Grumman to see what it is doing. In fact, the company’s mission is to be “at the forefront of technology and innovation, delivering superior capability in tandem with maximized cost efficiencies.”

AOA Xinetics, a business unit of Northrop Grumman, shares the passion for innovation of its parent. Based in Cambridge, Mass., AOA Xinetics uses its advanced engineering and manufacturing capabilities to develop a variety of standard and custom electro-optic and opto-mechancial systems. 

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For EVS Metal, the only way to be successful is by keeping its operations state-of-the-art. “Old technology just doesn’t have a place,” owner and Vice President Joe Amico says. “You need to capitalize on the newer things that are available.”

Based in Riverdale, N.J., EVS Metal provides metal fabrication services for multiple industries, including the military, medical and commercial markets. Amico co-founded the company with President Scott Berkowitz in 1994.

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United Standard Industries Inc., Glenview, Ill., is expanding its workforce to help it win more commercial work. For most of its 47-year existence, the company had worked mainly for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), machining parts for the Apache and Chinook helicopters. United Standard Industries also services the automotive, food, medical and hydraulic industries, and is AS 9100:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 certified.

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Manufacturers, laboratories, universities and government agencies across the United States look to ABTech Inc. when they need the most accurate measurements possible.

The Swanzey, N.H.-based company, founded in 1998, designs and manufactures rotary and linear air bearings, metrology gauges and custom motion systems used in aircraft and aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, optical and other high-precision applications.

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A multibillion-dollar company that employs thousands of people would be a behemoth to manage. On the other hand, a company could reach that size only by being well-managed. Tyco – a $10.4 billion company employing 70,000 people – knows the importance of a focused strategy. Last September, Tyco separated into three companies. ADT, a well-known leader in residential security systems went out on its own as a publicly held company. A separate entity, Tyco Valves and Controls, was acquired by Pentair, leaving behind Tyco, a designer, manufacturer, installer and service provider of fire protection systems, life safety solutions and security solutions.

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Steve Coder is well into his second year as president of Mayline – a precision manufacturer of office ergonomic products – and he is pleased with how the company is looking these days. He admits Mayline still has areas where it can improve, but he is proud of how the company is performing and excited about the strategies that are in place to move it forward.

“We are on a back-to-basics strategy,” Coder explains. “We are developing standard work processes and investing in people, equipment, tooling and further development of our processes. We are driven by metrics in safety, quality, delivery and cost reduction, and our priorities are in that order.”

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No matter how much the world changed around him, Jim Winey, founder of Magnepan, knew that there would always be a market for his company. Winey created the Magneplanar loudspeaker as an alternative to electrostatic loudspeakers, and the company has manufactured Magneplanar stereo and home theater speakers for the past 44 years.

Marketing Manager Wendell Diller says the invention is a “kissing cousin” to full-range electrostatic speakers and takes a purist approach when it comes to transmitting sound. The company aspires to the Holy Grail of loudspeaker design and the audience for its products is definitely a niche market, he says. Yet, its speakers are among the most affordable in their category.

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