The Art and Science of Packaging

Packaging is a crucial element of how products are perceived. It is something we commonly take for granted, but there is an art form to packaging…


The Art of the Journey

Most marketers are familiar with the thrill of the chase. Businesses covet those early honeymoon days of wooing new clientele into big contracts, and then the hard work starts. For Dave Martin, vice president of sales and marketing, Livonia, Michigan-based Odyssey Electronics is not a business that likes to go on dates.

Odyssey Electronics

Premier Manufacturing Solutions Provider

In 29 years, Vee Pak has gone from a small, family-owned start-up company to a leading contract manufacturer of personal care and beauty products for both Fortune 500 brand name customers and small boutique labels, with products manufactured in facilities in Illinois and Ohio and sold around the world.

Vee Pak

Extending the Life of Wood Products

Genics is based in Acheson, Alberta, just two miles west of the province’s capital city of Edmonton andisprovides a line of products which are safe, better for the environment, and help to extend the service life of wooden utility poles, and other wood products in the log home, construction and treated dimensional lumber industries.

Genics Inc.

It’s All in the Stitching

There tends to be more to most things than what meets the eye – especially when it comes to the curious number of stitches that hold our world together. From shoes to car seats, handbags, and more, quality stitching is an integral part of what sets high-end sewn goods apart from everything else.

DAP America, Inc.

Continuous Improvement in the Aerosol and Liquid Packaging Industry

Aerosol and liquid contract packaging company Aerofil is now in its thirtieth year of business. It specializes in four segments of the market: personal care products, household products, automotive products, and insecticides, which include both aerosols and liquids. Aerofil has seven aerosol packaging lines and four liquid packaging lines to offer its customers. In 2007, the company began a journey to become heavily involved in lean manufacturing and continuous improvement.


Five Generations of American Manufacturing

Detroit Edge Tool is a family-owned manufacturer of machined components specializing in hardened wear parts for the machine tool industry, cutting blades for the scrap, recycling, and demolition industries, surface grinding, and flame hardening. “We make precision components for all of these industries,” says company President and co-owner Ray Ebbing, “but we go far beyond that.”

Detroit Edge Tool

The Roll Forming Leaders

Samson Roll Formed Products Company is a contract roll forming operation in the Chicago metropolitan area and is one of the oldest companies of its kind in the United States.

Samson Roll Formed Products Company

This Employee-Owned Firm Keeps on Top of the Technology Curve

Precision Metal Industries Inc. (PMI) is focused on acquiring new equipment and keeping on top of the technology curve while diversifying its client base and expanding its work facilities. The Pompano Beach, Florida-based firm offers computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, sheet metal fabrication, robotic welding, laser cutting, turnkey assembly, part and assembly prototyping, and other services. In all things the goal is continuous improvement driven by an intense focus on quality.

Precision Metal Industries

Doing “Whatever it Takes”

Erickson Metals stands out in the metals industry as a supplier of highly specialized aluminum products. Erickson’s employees are empowered to do “Whatever it Takes” to provide excellent quality and service. With locations in four states, the company serves customers across the country.

Erickson Metals

The Plastic Problem

Millions of tons of plastic are carelessly discarded annually, destined for landfills or leaked into the environment. Eight million tons of this plastic finds its way into the oceans each year. At this rate there will be more plastic in the ocean (by weight) than fish by 2050, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reports.

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