viking rangeWhile competitors introduce flashy tech, Viking Range is making improvements that better engage and truly deliver professional performance for the home chef. By Tim O’Connor

Kitchen equipment manufacturers today are rushing to cram as much technology as possible into their products. Ovens feature high-resolution screens and fridges can open despite not having door handles. Although those technologies are impressive, they don’t improve the core cooking experience. Viking Range takes a different approach when deciding what technology to incorporate into its latest product lines. The company’s goal is to develop features that engage its users and incorporates proven commercial technologies borrowed from sister Middleby companies into the Viking residential product line. These features and technologies, once reserved only for professional chefs are now available for the home chef, only from Viking.

Examples of these proven commercial restaurant technologies include restaurant caliber convection systems, infrared broilers and high performance tower burners. Other entirely new technologies include the a French door double oven, which can open ambidextrously to improve ease of access, and the Viking TurboChef Oven that uses impingement air to cook 15 times faster than any other oven.

ohmiteOhmite, Davies Molding and ARCOL have united to offer a broader offering to customers. By Alan Dorich

Sometimes the pieces of a puzzle that seem totally different are the ones that fit together the best. That is what The Heico Companies LLC found when it integrated its Ohmite Manufacturing, Davies Molding and ARCOL businesses, Derran Smith says.

Smith, the vice president of marketing for all three portfolio companies, says that the organizations have brought their years of experience to each other’s advantage. Warrenville, Ill.-based Ohmite Mfg. started operations in 1925 and is a leading provider of resistive products.

Davies Molding, which is based in Carol Stream, Ill., has manufactured plastic knobs, handles, cases and custom plastic products since 1933. ARCOL, which is headquartered in Truro, Cornwall, UK, started operations in 1952 and also specializes in resistors.

The three brands all sell into the electronics, industrial, power, transportation, medical and military sectors. “There’s a lot of overlap in their customer bases,” Smith says, noting that Heico combined the salesforces of the three firms so that its customers around the globe could deal with a single source.

MITCHELLSCOTTMitchel & Scott Machine Co. offers its customers a host of value-added services.

Mitchel & Scott Machine Co.’s dedication to craftsmanship and quality has guided its operations for more than 80 years. The company has grown and thrived throughout its history thanks to its vertical integration, equipment diversification and extensive employee experience.

The company, founded in 1933 by Saben Mitchel and John Scott along with five employees, today employs a staff of roughly 200 people. Michel & Scott manufactures precision-machined components, with a focus on diversified, high-performance metal substrates and complex geometries used in a variety of industries.

plastic moldingPlastic Molding Manufacturing found success by turning around struggling injection molders and then letting them operate independently. By Tim O’Connor

Almost every product or machine in use today employs plastic somewhere in its design. Plastics are found in everything from cell phones to firearms and healthcare devices. Manufacturers need suppliers capable of fulfilling the demand for plastic casing and other components. In the past, OEMs have contracted with cheaper plastics suppliers overseas, but as the cost of overseas production and the supply chain rises, more businesses are looking for local alternatives.

According to a 2015 study from the Boston Consulting Group, 31 percent of surveyed companies with at least $1 billion in annual revenues said their companies expected to add production capacity inside the United States within the next five years. Comparatively, 20 percent of companies said they were most likely to add capacity in China.

Those responses signal a shift toward reshoring. When asked the same question in 2013, 30 percent of respondents said they were most likely to add production capacity in China compared to 26 who expected to invest in the United States.

EvianceEnviance offers manufacturers a comprehensive, strategic and data-driven understanding of their environmental, health and safety performance. By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Managing your manufacturing operations is tough, and without visibility into your environmental, health and safety metrics, it can quickly become even more complex – and put your company at risk.

But rules and regulations don’t have to inhibit your business. On the contrary, when used strategically, that insight and analysis can become a competitive advantage. That’s how Amanda Smith, vice president of product management at Enviance, explains it. Enviance is a leader in environmental, health safety and sustainability (EHS&S) software; organizations around the world leverage its single, comprehensive cloud-based technology to better measure, manage and report mission-critical EHS&S data in real time.

“Software alone doesn’t mitigate risk and create efficiencies,” Smith says. “But the right software combined with a clear strategy helps our customers to meet their goals. That’s where our customers find our true value – our technology provides manufacturers with a world-class solution, and our partnership helps them execute on strategies to better meet their business goals.”

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