Em"bark"ing on a New Product Journey
Finding the diamond in the rough and thinking outside the "bark" certainly rings true for this small nimble manufacturer based in Licking, Mo. Even as the world faced a health pandemic and economic disruption, Ozark Shavings found a way to leverage wood waste to grow and create jobs for folks in the community.
ISO – Positioning a Company Towards Global Competitiveness
We know obtaining ISO registration is no easy feat. In fact, it often requires the involvement of multiple people within the company over multiple months. We want to take a moment to recognize the hard work put forth by a St. Louis company who took its ISO journey and turned it into a global opportunity.
Transforming into Hot Commodity
Meramec Instrument Transformer produces the highest quality instrument current transformers for the high-and-medium-voltage circuit breaker, power transformer, and power generation markets. The company has gained recognition in the electrical and manufacturing industry, in addition to earning state and national recognition for its work and upstanding business practices.
Using Lean to Gain a Competitive Edge
LSC Communications is a global supplier of innovative technologies to enhance digital and print communications. LSC Communications itself is a $3 billion-dollar company focused on providing printing, fulfillment and supply chain solutions for publishers, merchandisers and retailers. Their Union Missouri location is a leading manufacturer of index cards manila file folders, hanging file folders and school grade portfolios. They have a global market reach, but are firmly dedicated to their Missouri production facilities.
In 1968, several engineers started a company to provide outsourced equipment, formulations (Form) and packaging (Pak), thus creating the name FormPak for their company. They quickly evolved into one of the strongest Manufacturer’s Rep firms in the Midwest, with product lines focused on equipment for bulk bag handling, filling and discharging, as well as conveyance and batching systems. Located in North St. Louis County, FormPak differentiates itself from competitors by designing and providing customized, lower cost bulk bag handling systems, with faster delivery times.
ISO - Like Riding a Bike
CARMECO is a closely-held family business spanning three generations of ownership. Based in Lebanon, Missouri, their extensive capabilities include laser cutting, welding, painting, precision tooling and stamping, making them a one-stop source for the manufacture of almost any type of metal component. They run an impressive 88,000 square foot facility, with over 55,000 square feet dedicated to stamping.
Marketing Tools Heat Up Sales
Headquartered in Wentzville, MO, Unitherm Furnace is an ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited manufacturer of custom thermal processing equipment, including industrial furnaces, ovens, kilns, crucibles and more. They design and build custom solutions for almost any type of heat treating process. They also rebuild, retrofit, modify and upgrade existing equipment, which enables customers to realize significant savings versus purchasing new. Unitherm Furnace is also compliant with the strict AMS250E Pyrometry-Aerospace Standard, which makes them a unique resource for laboratory and on-site calibration services for thermal processing equipment.
ISO - Values, Values and Victory
Foster Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Missouri manufactures quick connect pneumatic couplings and a variety of other products for compressed air, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment. With over 70 years of experience, the company’s ZSI-Foster product line has earned them a reputation for quality, and they’re known for their ability to respond to industry needs with new products developed for specific applications.
Rolla-based Brewer Science is an innovative technology firm that develops and manufactures advanced materials for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics. Company founder, Dr. Terry Brewer, invented specialized anti-reflective coatings (ARC®) that revolutionized the microelectronics industry by helping solve the problem of light reflection on microscopic circuit patterns on the surface of silicon wafers. The company has continued to flourish, and is constantly looking for new ways to move technology forward.
The Livers Bronze Co. started in 1946, and is celebrating its 70th year in business. Specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom railings and architectural metal fabrication using a variety of metals, they run a state-of-the art manufacturing facility and have decades of knowledge and expertise that makes them a recognized leader in their industry.
Mobile Hydraulics Equipment Company, manufacturer of the HIPPO Multipower product line, is a leading producer of severe duty mobile power systems. The HIPPO Multipower unit combines hydraulic power units (HPU), electric generators, air compressors and DC welders into a single, tough, mobile unit designed to power all the tools in a heavy duty toolbox, simultaneously if necessary.
Labconco of Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1925. It remains committed to U.S. manufacturing; the growth of its U.S. workforce; and its relationships with U.S. suppliers and distributors. The company manufactures a wide variety of products specifically designed for laboratories, including chemical fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, freeze dry systems, evaporators, concentrators, glassware washers, forensic enclosures and much more.
Hanna Rubber Company of Kansas City, Missouri has been manufacturing and distributing industrial rubber and plastic products since the late 1920’s. Over the years, Hanna has grown into a major supplier of standard and specialized rubber products to the construction, automotive, military, industrial and manufacturing industries. They have always prided themselves on the excellence of their employees, whose extensive product knowledge and dedication to service are reasons the company has become “America’s First Choice for Rubber and Plastic Products”.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of equipment for blending, conveying, tending and spreading dry fertilizers. Started in 1951, the company has prospered through four generations of the Doyle family, who has shown perceptive leadership with a strong customer focus, allowing them to continuously produce flexible, quality products backed by industry leading service. In 2016, Doyle consolidated most of its manufacturing and administrative functions in Palmyra, Missouri, where it built a new 220,000 square foot facility near its sister company, Riverview Manufacturing, where their spreader line is manufactured.
Made with Steel, formerly Albertson Enterprises, is an industrial welding and fabrication company located in Meadville, Missouri. The owner, Chris Albertson, had extensive experience in heavy industrial fabrications with his previous employer, and broke away to form his own company. His first contracts were with that same former employer, who set him up as a subcontractor so he could continue to perform the highly-specialized work he had done for them.
Mid-Missouri Tool & Die, located just 70 miles outside of Kansas City in Carrollton, Missouri, began operations in 2009 and has been on a path of growth ever since. The company specializes in mold manufacturing and repair, including nylon molding, over-molding and assembly. Always on top of advancements in the industry, Mid-Missouri Tool & Die has continued to invest in new technology that keeps them on the leading edge, producing top quality products at very competitive prices.
Weave Gotcha Covered
Founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 2005, Weave Gotcha Covered specializes in fabricating and installing custom window treatments, fabric furnishings and upholstery, but with a special difference. This woman owned business is a social enterprise which uses the power of business to address community problems by employing women marginalized by generational poverty, addiction, incarceration and other life circumstances. The company gives them a place to work and reclaim their lives through economic sustainability. The company has been so successful it was recently named as a Top Ten Small Business by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
deVan Sealants, Inc., was founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of oil based caulking, putty and glazing compounds. Currently, the company manufactures and supplies sealant products to a variety of manufacturers of metal buildings, windows, truck/bus bodies, HVAC equipment, monuments, floral industry products and telecommunications gear.
AJ Manufacturing produces standard and custom stainless steel products for the HVAC industry, including grilles, registers, diffusers and other air distribution products. They also serve a specialized niche by manufacturing HVAC products for facilities requiring sterile environments, such as hospitals and laboratories. In business since 1924, AJ Manufacturing is a lean, just-in-time manufacturer that continues to produce some of the world’s best commercial stainless steel HVAC products.
Located in Shell Knob, Missouri, on the shores of Table Rock Lake, Cool Canine Natural Dog Treats is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit. Owners Kim and Clifford Przybyl are pet “parents” who saw a niche market that wasn’t being filled, and they aimed to fill it. The result is their family owned and operated business, Cool Canine Natural Dog Treats, which offers handmade, small batch quality dog treats that contain no additives or preservatives and offer a healthy, safe and delicious alternative for conscientious pet owners.