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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Conex Cable increases its offerings by adding a galvanized steel wire production line.

By Jim Harris

Conex Cable LLC prides itself on its ability to react quickly to its customers’ needs. “We can make anything happen in an emergency or on short notice; our quick response is our greatest strength,” says Jerry Bills, a consultant to the company for more than 25 years. “We recently had a customer from California call us to say they needed something to be in Hawaii in a hurry. That was prepared for shipment the next day.”

The company’s management team is in constant contact with its customers as well as sales, manufacturing and facility teams. “We are a very lean and mean company,” says Plant Manager Charles Dobbel, a 14-year veteran of the company with 40-plus years of industry experience. “We have a small management staff that gives us the ability to take action when needed without going through corporate bureaucracy.”


Loewen’s high quality and attention to detail make it the preferred wood window and door provider for ultra-luxury homes.

By Tim O’Connor

Many of the best craft manufacturers have one thing in common: they invest heavily in their skilled workers and keep them around for the long haul. It’s no different at window and door frame manufacturer Loewen, where continuous improvement and strong professional development are intrinsic to the culture.

The Canadian company works with employees early on to understand their interests and identify opportunities within its organization so that they are more likely to stick with Loewen as they advance in their careers. Those efforts have helped the company counteract the generational attitude shift that has millennial workers changing jobs more frequently than their predecessors.

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At the start of its fourth decade, Ellery Manufacturing continues to offer diverse custom manufacturing capabilities.

By Jim Harris

Ellery Manufacturing’s customers know they can rely on the company to machine high-quality large parts. “We employ experienced machinists and maintain a level of machining capacity that allows us to take on jobs that other shops might not be prepared to handle,” says Paul Ellery, vice president of the Surrey, British Columbia-based company. “We are very flexible when it comes to the types of parts and materials we can work with.”

The 40-year-old company provides custom machining, fabrication and project management services to major industrial customers and engineering firms. “We can build everything from components for amusement park rides to heavy-duty drill works and top drives for the oil and gas industries and everything in between,” he adds.


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Amphenol Fiber Systems International launches a new product incorporating expanded beam technology.

By Kat Zeman

Its physical contact connector placed the company on the map. But its new product clearly demonstrates that Amphenol Fiber Systems International is on the beam.

The Allen, Texas-based company designs, manufactures and markets fiber-optic interconnect solutions that are designed to withstand harsh environments. They are most often used in military, oil and gas, mining, industrial and broadcast applications.

In October 2016, Amphenol Fiber Systems launched what it considers a top-notch fiber-optic connector in the market: TFOCA-XBT4. It is a new and different take on the company’s flagship product, the TFOCA-II physical contact connector, which is the standard fiber-optic connector for many ground military and industrial applications.

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