G&L keeps its customers loyal by providing a consistent, high level of quality.

By Alan Dorich

After more than 35 years, G&L Manufacturing has a strong reputation among its customers. “We’ve earned respect in the marketplace,” says Phillip Jones, director and co-owner. “When you ship exactly what they want on-time, with great quality and stable economics, they keep coming back.”

Based in Cookeville, Tenn., G&L manufactures tubing for the industrial and commercial heating, automotive and HVAC markets. The company takes pride in providing American-made products, while almost all of G&L's competitors produce their tubing outside of the United States. Founder Robert Gilreath started the company in 1982 with Art Lewis, after working for a local heating element company.


The FuelMaster system’s quality, durability and capabilities make it a leader in its field. 

FuelMaster leads the market in fuel management automation for one simple reason. “Day in and day out, from the deserts of Mojave to fuel sites in Alaska, our stuff just works,” says Dan Phillips, vice president of sales and marketing for Syntech Systems, the company behind the FuelMaster brand.

The reliability of the FuelMaster system has helped it gain more than 7,000 customers who manage more than 14,000 fueling sites worldwide. These customers track more than 3 million users and collect data from over 350,000 automotive information modules..Users of the system include military, commercial and municipal fleets as well as other governmental entities such as state departments of transportation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection fleet.

“We enjoy the position of being a premium brand with premium technology,” Phillips says. “The equity behind the FuelMaster name is second to none.”


AMF Canada works closely with its teammates and suppliers to meet its customers’ needs.

By Bianca Herron

AMF Canada was created in 1945 as general machine shop. Beginning in the 1960s, it refurbished bakery equipment up until the mid-1980s when the company started creating its own equipment, starting by developing the Dough Mixers.

Today, AMF Canada prides itself on being a global leader in manufacturing high-speed, automated bakery equipment for industrial bakeries that mainly produce bread and buns. This includes equipment for dough mixing, dividing, make-up, proofing, baking, cooling, packaging, basket/case loading, and product distribution.

AMF has developed a global presence with offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. AMF Canada is a manufacturing branch of AMF Bakery Systems, which is headquartered in Richmond, Va., and owned by Markel Food Group.


Precision Gasket Co. teams with customers early in manufacturing to ensure they get the products they want.

By Jim Harris

Precision Gasket Co. (PGC) believes in partnering with customers early in the product development phase.

“We have a unique process that involves getting up front with our customers and having conversations with them as they work through their development and solving problems right away,” Vice President John Bower says. “Our customers rely on us to go into production as quickly as possible, and give us feedback on complex problems they are having related to material selection, which we are subject matter experts on.”


Sister companies GB Manufacturing and Par-Kan Co. bring innovations to the Work Truck Show.

By Jim Harris

Mark Ries knew from an early age that there was one big problem faced by people who work with tools. “My father was a carpenter, and I worked with him from when I was eight years old into my mid-20s,” he says. “It seemed like every time I went to the tool box, the tool I needed was always on the bottom.”

Ries – who now works as vice president of sales and engineering for GB Manufacturing and GB Fabrication, a metal fabrication company based in Delta, Ohio with divisions in Shiloh and Shelby, Ohio – recently had an idea that would solve this problem. “I wanted to put a door on the front of it; that way, you could just open the door and get what you wanted from the bottom,” he says.

During development of the toolbox, a few of Ries’ colleagues from GB Fabrication had additional suggestions about further uses. “One member of the team said this could be turned into a dog box,” Ries says. “We also realized the top shelf would be a great place to store guns.”


With a newly formed management team, H.S. Die is working to diversify further into automation, and re-establish itself as the North American leader in injection molding design and production.

By Bianca Herron

Since its inception, H.S. Die & Engineering has prided itself on helping to advance the manufacturing industry with its expertise in injection mold design and production, as well as custom-designed and -built automation equipment.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company has made major investments in machine tool and machining practice technology, and has actively researched and developed new techniques and tooling. H.S. Die’s commitment to new technology and manufacturing practices began in 1978 with a major investment in computerized design and machining capabilities. It was one of the first companies in the industry to utilize CAD/CAM technology, and has since been at the forefront of development and deployment of design and programming software.

What began as a garage shop and a vision has grown into a multi-facility company and leader in the mold-making industry. Husband-and-wife Harold and Marcia Steele founded the company in 1969, and today Marcia Steele remains the sole owner and CEO of the company.

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PTM Corporation is doubling its manufacturing capabilities and expanding its customer base.  

By Kat Zeman

PTM Corporation is moving into new territories. A full-service metal stamping supplier, the company purchased a 1,000-ton press line that will nearly double its tonnage capabilities and allow it to expand its customer-base.

“We’re ecstatic,” says Donna Russell-Kuhr, president and CEO. “This puts us into another product offering category and we can pursue new customers.”

The Fair Haven, Mich.-based company specializes in design assistance, prototyping, four slide and progressive die design/building and short/long-term production runs. It has expert engineers, state-of-the-art CAD systems and world-class tooling facilities.

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Wrought Washer Manufacturing struggles to find more employees while it continues to expand to meet market demands.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Founded in 1887, Milwaukee-based Wrought Washer Manufacturing is the country’s oldest manufacturer of standard and special washers. The company has been serving the nation’s leading industries for more than 130 years by supplying the highest-quality washers for a broad range of markets.

“I would say our diverse manufacturing capabilities and commitment to providing exceptional customer service has set us apart in the industry,” President Jeff Liter says. “By having over 50 stamping presses and in excess of ten million pounds of raw material we are able to respond to customer requirements in a timely fashion.”

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