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Goss

Goss International Americas’ gives its printing equipment customers

the tools they need to be successful.

Brothers Fred and Sam Goss knew what their customers’ printing needs were when they founded Goss Printing Press Co. in Chicago in 1885. Armed with this knowledge and several ideas for how to improve the printing process, the brothers developed and manufactured presses that helped its customers be successful.  

In the more than 130 years since its founding, Goss International – as the company is now known – remains dedicated to its customers. “We work with printers and publishers to enhance the value, impact and competitive position of print,” says the company, today headquartered in Durham, N.H.Goss International Fact Box

The company supplies presses and finishing systems for magazine, newspaper, catalog, packaging, direct mail and other printing applications. Goss’ systems include the most automated and productive web offset presses in the world, it adds.

Industry Innovations

The Goss brothers’ founding vision of the company as an industry innovator remains in place, as Goss International is known for introducing a number of new technologies to the printing industry. These include:

* The first web offset and newspaper press;

* The first microprocessor on a press;

* The first ink key presetting;

* The first remote ink key control; and

* The first commercial gapless blanket, the company says.

“Companies have had to reinvent themselves to stay competitive in a changing market,” the company says. “As a press and auxiliary equipment supplier, as well as a provider of lifetime support in its aftermarket services, Goss remains focused on continuous innovation for its customers.

“The foundation from decades of process knowledge has been the basis for the industry’s most significant breakthroughs – Goss technologies that have continuously provided new opportunities to deliver higher-impact printed products and to do it faster and at lower costs,” Goss adds.

Customer Support

In addition to its headquarters in Durham, Goss operates manufacturing facilities in South America, Asia and Europe.

The company uses a number of lean manufacturing methods including value stream mapping and a cell-based manufacturing system.

Goss’ expertise does not end at new equipment manufacturing, as it also provides parts, aftermarket services and support through a global service network.

“With one of the largest installed bases in the industry, Goss remains committed to its customers, large and small, by providing the services and equipment enhancements to reduce waste, improve performance and extend machine life,” the company says.

Goss’ customer commitment begins with a full understanding of project requirements before a sale is even finalized. Customer service continues during the project management stage and extends to after-sale. “We offer a broad range of options for maintaining equipment to peak production levels,” the company says.

The company carries an extensive parts inventory for all product ranges and offers 24/7 support services. “Goss understands that when new equipment is not the optimal solution for its customers’ production requirements, used or refurbished equipment may be the best solution,” it says. “We have a large selection of used presses, auxiliary equipment, finishing and post-press equipment and an extensive list of upgrade options to fit customers’ needs.”

Goss offers training programs to press and finishing equipment operators. These programs cover four disciplines:

press operations, mechanical maintenance, electrical maintenance and supervision. Programs include hands-on, one-on-one training in press operation and electrical systems as well as refresher courses, remote and web-based training, and manuals.

“With a focus on ease-of-use, the Goss portfolio caters to every production requirement, from fully manual to push-button automation,” the company says. “Goss professionals can provide training to encourage and facilitate best practices, better customer service, safe work practices and improved productivity.”

The company’s training programs are designed around three philosophies:

* Achieving faster equipment start-ups and higher profitability;

* Promoting substantial savings over the lifetime of its press systems; and

* Motivating employees to perform at higher levels, the company says.

Committed to Growth

Goss regularly acquires companies that share its level of innovation and commitment to customer success. “These technology leaders have grown us into the industry leader in providing innovative systems and equipment enhancements,” the company says. “The Goss brand remains as strong as the dreams of its founders, and remains committed to its customers’ success.”

In May, the company acquired Loudon Machine Inc., a provider of post-press and finishing services based in Effingham, Ill.

Loudon Machine specializes in new and refurbished binding equipment as well as parts and service. The company’s product line includes saddle stitchers, feeders, bases, shuttle hoppers, test stands and trimmers.

“This is our second acquisition in 2017 to help grow our aftermarket business and enhance our product offerings,” COO Stan Blakney said in a press release. “This purchase focuses on the post-press segment of the market, and enables us to enhance our bindery products and service parts capabilities.”

Earlier this year, Goss acquired Graphic Automation Controls (GAC) Inc., a Carbondale, Penn.-based provider of automation and control systems. The company also provides on-site service support, plant maintenance and press audit services.

The GAC acquisition will enhance Goss’ capabilities in drives and controls, as well as its ability to provide service and parts to equipment manufactured by other OEMs.

In addition to giving Goss new capabilities, both acquisitions help the company further improve its overall operations. “We will continue to look for additional opportunities for both organic and inorganic growth,” Blakney added.

SIDEBAR

Updating ‘The Gray Lady’

One of Goss International’s highest profile customers recently upgraded the controls on their presses. The New York Times operates five Goss Colorliner and two Colorliner 85 presses in its College Point, N.Y., printing facility.

The upgrade included adding the latest control platforms available to the presses. “This will remove the obsolescence issues faced by the Colorliners, increase press functionality, and allow the presses to continue to run for years to come,” Goss International says.

The five Colorliners were given a complete control upgrade, a drive upgrade and reel stand upgrades. The two Colorliner 85 presses received new desk upgrades.

“Components on the Colorliner presses have become obsolete over the years, and harder to find,” the company adds. “This upgrade ensures they are viable assets for the future.”

 

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Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s parent company invested heavily in its capabilities. 

Founded in 1942 to meet a growing demand for naval construction, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is today a world-class shipbuilder that has designed and built more than 1,500 vessels.

In recent years, the Marinette, Wis.-based company’s corporate parent, Fincantieri, has invested more than $73 million into expanding and upgrading the company’s shipyard and personnel. The company now boasts 550,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and receiving space. 

New additions to the company’s manufacturing capabilities include dedicated steel, welding, blast painting and other production lines.

Fincantieri purchased Marinette Marine in 2008. The Italy-based company, which operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marinette Fact BoxMarine Group (FMG), is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies. Fincantieri operates nearly 20,000 employees in 20 shipyards on four different continents, and has a history dating back 200 years. The company has produced more than 7,000 ships.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine is one of three Great Lakes shipyards operated by FMB. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, located in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., traces its roots in shipbuilding back to 1918. FMM’s sister subsidiary, ACE Marine in Green Bay, is an all-aluminum shipbuilder focused on building the Response Boat-Medium for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The FMG shipyards are able to leverage and benefit from the support and resources of its parent company with its staff of experienced engineers and skilled workers to build safe, technologically sophisticated ships to customer specifications, FMG says.  

Full Scale

Fincantieri’s investment transformed FMM from being a custom builder for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and other clients into a full-scale manufacturing company. “We’ve gone from building unique ships one at a time to having a dedicated production line, without sacrificing quality or our pride in craftsmanship,” the company says.

The upgrades allowed the company to fulfill a contract with the U.S. Navy to produce littoral combat ships (LCS). LCS vessels are 3400-ton, 387-foot-long mission-focused vessels designed for shallow waters that support larger naval ships in combat.

The company, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, delivered its fifth LCS to the U.S. Navy in late September. The ship will be commissioned later this year as the USS Little Rock and will replace a decommissioned ship of the same name.

“[FMM’s] shipbuilders are proud to deliver this proven warship, and we look forward to working with the U.S. Navy to continue building these highly capable ships for the fleet,” FMM President and CEO Jan Allman said in a press release.

Lockheed Martin and FMM currently have seven LCS ships in various states of construction at FMM’s shipyard. FMM’s ship portfolio also includes U.S. Navy mine countermeasure vessels and ocean tugs as well as U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers, buoy tenders and response vessels. The company has also built non-military vessels including a research vessel for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The vessel, named the RV Sikuliaq – meaning “young sea ice” in the Inupiaq language) – was completed in 2014.

The Right Tools

Lean manufacturing methods are playing a large role in MMC’s transformation. The company is using 5S and other methodologies to reduce its cycle time and improve its internal processes and overall product quality. This has included installing tool boards at workstations and engaging in ongoing projects such as monitoring the ways it manages and uses materials.

The company also employs modular construction methods in its manufacturing operations. Each component of a ship is built individually and then the components are assembled and welded together. Cutting-edge computer-controlled manufacturing equipment and heavy-lift machinery are used to build and assemble ships.

Along with expanding and reconfiguring its manufacturing operations, MMC is also investing in an expanded workforce and training for its employees. Training focuses on two areas: entry level skills such as steel and aluminum welding, ironworking, sealing, installing electric components and testing; and advanced skills such as welding stiffened ship panels and component module seams. Training is also being provided to managers. “We’ve developed a rigorous and well-defined process to train our supervisors in leadership and management,” the company says.

  

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Cyclone Manufacturing partners with Ontario on a $64.8 million project.

Cyclone Manufacturing, a Mississauga, Ontario-based manufacturer of precision components for aircraft, is partnering with the province to invest in a $64.8 million project that focuses on new technology and expansion of Cyclone’s Mississauga facilities.

The partnership between Ontario and Cyclone will create more than 130 new jobs and retain 554 positions, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

“The project marks a significant new chapter in the development of our company,” Cyclone’s President Andrew Sochaj stated. “With this investment in the latest production and finishing technologies, Cyclone will be able to offer even greater innovation and flexibility for our valued customers.”

Shields

Shields Manufacturing’s clients can count on it in a pinch for the parts they need.

By Alan Dorich

Shields Manufacturing Inc. sets itself apart by doing things differently from its competitors, President William Shields says. For example, he notes, “There’s not a lot of shops that machine plastics effectively.”

But Shields Manufacturing can and applies the same skill to metals. “Some of the products we make in the metals side are not easily made in high production quantities,” he says. “We’ve developed processes to do that.”

Based in Tualatin, Ore., Shields Manufacturing specializes in CNC machining and turning and mechanical/optical assembly for clients in the semiconductor, medical and aerospace industries. Shields founded the company in 1991 after working for another firm.

NortheastTool

Northeast Tool invests millions into new technology and expanding its manufacturing facility.  

By Kat Zeman

Staying ahead of the game requires resolution and investment – especially when you’re a supplier of precision-machined parts and assemblies for the aerospace, defense, energy, medical and commercial industries. 

Matthews, N.C.-based Northeast Tool has been staying ahead of the game for more than 50 years. As a general rule, the company invests between 8 to 12 percent of its annual gross sales to purchase highly mechanized, technology-driven manufacturing and support solutions. This year, it’s spending roughly $2.5 million on capital investments and starting on an $11 million expansion project at its facility in Charlotte, N.C.

“This drives and supports continuous improvement along many areas of our business,” CEO Rusty Arant says. “Northeast Tool has a long track record of investing in the latest technology that the industry has to offer.”

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