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.
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
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.
As the company continued to expand, they faced new challenges, not the least of which was garnering the knowledge and expertise of long serving employees who were nearing retirement. As with any company in this position, the loss of the experience and expertise of critical employees can dramatically impede operational efficiency and productivity, especially as the company expands and prepares for additional growth. To combat the potential loss of tribal knowledge, Doyle wisely decided to introduce an Enterprise Resource
Planning system (ERP) to help them capture and consolidate “islands of information” into one integrated system. Doyle recognized the immensity of the task of properly implementing an ERP, so they turned to Missouri Enterprise for the expert guidance they needed.
Missouri Enterprise Project Managers kicked off the project with a value stream mapping project to determine the internal processes at Doyle and to create and document a project charter. A cross-functional Steering Committee was created, led by the Doyle family leadership team and facilitated by Missouri Enterprise. The Steering Committee was guided through the basics
of Supply Chain Management, the first module of the APICS CPIM (The American Production and Inventory Control Society – Certified Production and Inventory Management). This process allowed the Steering Committee to focus upon the business needs of the users, and to appreciate the requirements for data cleanliness. Missouri Enterprise’s ERP expert, Tom Gordon, helped the Steering Committee identify several key requirements to help them successfully implement their ERP system, including: a powerful computing systems configurator; full exploitation of Doyle’s ATO environment (Assemble To Order); the consolidation of ‘islands of automation’; focus on growth and market potential; a laser-focus on the ‘user-friendliness” of their products.
The Doyle management team offered this comment on the project: “With Missouri Enterprise’s guidance and expertise, we looked at many potential ERP solutions and examined their ability to meet our needs. We decided that to maximize our future growth, the GENIUS™ ERP solution best fit our criteria. We begin implementation of GENIUS in January of 2017, and we’re on the cusp of tremendous growth. Missouri Enterprise was a critical part of our ability to make these big and bold changes to position our company for profitable growth well into the future.”
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.
This gave Albertson a stable footing to start his business, but he needed to find other customers to grow, and he didn’t have some of the basic marketing expertise he needed to put his company on the map and promote its capabilities.
Albertson had met Missouri Enterprise through various manufacturing networking organizations, so he contacted them to see if they could help. Missouri Enterprise Project Managers worked with Albertson to develop a new company name and logo, and Made with
Steel was born. Next steps included assistance with website copy development, which also led to the production of an accompanying brochure he could use for emailing prospective clients and for handing out at networking functions and face-to-face meetings. They also produced a simple business card with the new logo design.
“I’d been attending a lot of networking functions and making phone calls looking for opportunities,” says Albertson, “and I knew I needed help to do better. Missouri Enterprise’s team helped me develop a telemarketing script for lead generation and coached me on how to be more successful on those calls. They also coached me on how to present my company
effectively when I meet new prospects. Now, when I talk to prospects, I’m fully prepared and have the materials and structure I need to present my company in a professional light.”
Made with Steel is now on a path to achieve significant growth, using the tools learned and developed with Missouri Enterprise. “I’m much more confident meeting with prospects now that I have a good website and brochure, and my next goals are getting enough work to keep my contract laborers on the clock full time, and then continuing to grow the company. Missouri Enterprise went above and beyond to get me to this point. They did a great job, and it’s been a huge help.”
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.
JRV Technologies in Marshfield, Missouri, is a family owned and managed manufacturing company specializing in precision CNC machining, milling, tooling and other miscellaneous metal fabrication. For years, they’ve served this local farming community and beyond with custom parts and components, including making some items for the oil field industry. But more recently, they’ve seen a growing opportunity serving the petroleum production market with components that require higher tolerances and tighter specifications.
Edmonds Dental Prosthetics, Inc. is the largest dental laboratory in southwest Missouri, employing 100 people in a high-tech work environment and producing crowns, bridges, dentures, implants and orthodontic devices for dentists and orthodontists in Arkansas and Oklahoma as well as Missouri.
DIT-MCO International was founded in 1948 as Drive-In Theater Manufacturing Company to make equipment for drive-in theaters. As that market diminished, DIT-MCO reinvented itself and has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in the design and manufacture of high voltage electronic testing equipment and complex wiring harnesses for the aerospace industry.
Gray Manufacturing Company designs, manufactures, sells and services innovative, high quality and reliable service equipment for the automotive, truck and service vehicle repair industries.
Family owned and operated since the early 1950’s, Gray provides a wide range of lift systems, stands, jacks, ramps and related equipment to a loyal clientele of professional service facilities and enjoys a reputation for superior products and outstanding customer service.
PlayPower LT Farmington, Inc. is a good example of a medium sized manufacturer that has enjoyed great success in using Six Sigma tools and techniques to reduce variation and improve quality and profitability.
PlayPower LT Farmington, Inc. began operations as Iron Mountain Forge in 1979 and has grown into one of the nation’s leading designers and manufacturers of indoor and outdoor commercial playground equipment.
K & S Wire Products, Inc. manufactures CNC wire forms, grills, grates, display units and custom products for a variety of industries.
The company is extremely well managed, but since it is essentially a contract manufacturer, making parts used in many products, intense overseas competition began to take a toll on sales and profits in the last several years.
MSW Incorporated is a nationally recognized manufacturer of restaurant furnishings with offices and a manufacturing facility near Joplin. The company was founded in 1959 by Ray McCoy and has grown from one man in a garage to a company that today employs about 90 people in a 75,000 square foot facility.
Located “on the hill” in St. Louis, Missouri, PrintFlex Graphics has become a leading manufacturer of promotional in-pack and on-pack coupons for consumer packaged goods. They specialize in the production of instant redemption coupons, folded booklets, labels, stickers, FDA approved inserts, games, sweepstakes and point of purchase and sale (POP and POS) materials. A cornerstone of their success is their ability to innovate and customize each job individually to meet a specific customer’s needs.
Mediomics, LLC in St. Louis is a leading innovator and provider of assay kits and biosensors for the medical field. Their patented technology allows for the quick detection of biomolecules, which will revolutionize the ability of medical facilities and physician’s offices to do onsite testing for their patients faster and more cost effectively. These quick and simple test kits are used to quantify many biologically and therapeutically important macromolecules, including DNA, biomarkers, hormones, antibodies, intracellular signaling molecules, protein-protein complexes, cell receptors, bacteria, fungi and viruses. In simplest terms, Mediomics’ technologies can do a wide variety of common medical tests faster and cheaper than conventional testing methods.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are the most prevalent human infection with about 100 million tests per year worldwide, and costs of over $3 billion. Nearly two-thirds of all microbiological samples processed in hospital microbiology labs are urine specimens being tested for bacteria, a process that requires highly skilled technicians, and can take several days to obtain results. UTIs from urinary catheters are also a common and expensive hospital-acquired infection, and healthcare providers are actively looking for cost-effective ways to detect and treat these infections early before they complicate patient care.