PM News, September-October 2001

Pride In Perks. One Illinois company has been providing what could be considered “extra” perks to its employees to keep their satisfaction high and turnover low. Camcraft Inc.

Pride In Perks. One Illinois company has been providing what could be considered “extra” perks to its employees to keep their satisfaction high and turnover low. Camcraft Inc. (Hanover Park, Illinois) has benefits that exceed the traditional medical, dental and 401(k) packages. The company offers Internet access to all employees, including factory workers; a clean, climate-controlled environment; and an incentive-based employee training program. During breaks employees have the options of eating their meals in the ’60s-diner-themed cafeteria or checking e-mail or accessing the Internet in the computer lab. The company prides itself on putting employees first.

Making Changes At The Top. Methods Machine Tools, Inc. (Sudbury, Massachusetts) has a new chairman of the board and president and CEO. The changes were in order following the recent death of the company’s former chairman and president, Clement L. McIver, Jr. The new chairman of the board is Scott A. McIver, who has held several positions of increasing responsibility at Methods for the past 5 years, most recently as assistant to the senior vice president. Bryon G. Deysher was appointed president and CEO. Mr. Deysher has been with the company for 15 years, most recently as senior vice president. Methods is a supplier of precision machine tools and accessories.

Trendiness. The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) recently adopted a comprehensive strategic plan that provides direction and structure for activities and introduces new programs and services. The plan addresses emerging trends that are likely to impact member companies. These trends were identified and prioritized by the association’s strategic planning committee. Important trends include increasing competitive pressures: changing customer expectations, globalization of markets, Internet auctions and competitive manufacturing processes; technology changes: advanced equipment applications, communications/computerization/ERP, value-added processes and lean manufacturing operations; and workforce issues: diversity and the skills shortage. PMPA’s goals for 2001-2002 are to improve the competitive position of the members, capture and transfer technology and management knowledge to members, provide members with effective workforce enhancement tools, and stimulate the growth and vitality of the association.

Bring Out The Moving Vans. INDEX Corporation has broken ground on its new North American headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana. The company is currently headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut. 

More Moving Vans Over Here. Marubeni Citizen-Cincom has recently moved—if you count a few hundred yards away as moving. The company has a new 30,000-sq.-ft. office complex in Allendale, New Jersey, that is almost double the size of its previous location. The center will house the company’s new National Tech Center and will be staffed by professional engineers. The group will enhance the capabilities and productivity of Citizen Swiss turning centers through the development of advanced tooling and accessories. These employees also will help prospects and customers find better, more productive and economical ways to produce parts. Also at the location will be administrative offices, sales and service, customer technical training, and a display room. The new address is 40 Boroline Road, Allendale, NJ 07401.

New Leadership. PCC Specialty Products, Inc.—Cold Forming Group has named a new president and vice president. Joel V. Liberto has been named president, and Jeffrey T. Hoffman has been promoted to vice president. The Cold Forming Group is comprised of Reed-Rico, Astro Punch and Hartford product lines.

A 5-Year Winner. Kennametal Inc. (Latrobe, Pennsylvania) has been named a supplier of the year by General Motors Corporation for the fifth consecutive year. Kennametal is said to be one of only 30 companies in the world to receive the award for 5 or more years.

Integration. CAE Ransohoff, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Aqueous Recovery Resources (Bedford Hills, New York) have agreed that Ransohoff will integrate ARR’s Suparator oil control technology into all parts cleaning systems it manufactures that require oil removal.