DEWALT Manufacturing Plant Produces 10-Millionth Tool

DEWALT Charlotte, N.C. manufacturing plant has celebrated a milestone, as the professional tool brand’s 10-millionth tool rolled off the production line. Company executives were on hand to build the 10-millionth tool, a 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill (DCD996P2).

Across its seven U.S. manufacturing plants, the brand produced more than 90 million individual products made in the USA with global materials in 2016, an almost 50 percent increase from the 62 million individual products in 2015, just one year earlier. This is an accomplishment towards the brand’s effort to expand its domestic manufacturing using global materials, an effort that began in 2013. In addition to Charlotte, DEWALT operates manufacturing facilities in New Britain, Conn.; Greenfield, Ind.; Hampstead, Md.; Shelbyville, Ky.; Cheraw, S.C.; and Jackson, Tenn.

Frank Mannarino, president of DEWALT Professional Products Group says, “Year after year, DEWALT has increased its production of tools made in the U.S. with global materials. We have worked hard to drive productivity and efficiency at our manufacturing facilities, delivering products with the same guaranteed quality customers have come to know and expect from the brand. We are a global brand proud to have been founded in the U.S. and proud to continue to manufacture in the U.S.”

DEWALT understands that buying American products and building the American economy are important to its customers. Connie Grant, an employee at the Charlotte plant states, “It makes me proud to work for a company that values the American workforce.”

DEWALT is committed to crafting tools as strong as its American pride. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT products.

ATAS International Inc. Program Expands Knowledge of Manufacturing, Career Opportunities

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, ATAS International Inc. opened their doors on to area students to expand their knowledge of manufacturing.  Schools that were represented are Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville; Sacred Heart School, Allentown; Parkland School District, Allentown; and Career Institute of Technology, Easton.
 
This program was designed to expand knowledge of manufacturing and improve public perception of today’s manufacturing career opportunities.  Students were able to tour the ATAS facility to experience first-hand the processes in which metal components for the building envelope are manufactured.  They also viewed a panel discussion consisting of several ATAS employees, who spoke about their positions in departments that include production, marketing, sales, technical services and human resources. Students learned that every person within a manufacturing company must work together to produce a product and provide service to their customers.
 
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.  Studies show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living, and national security.  Yet only 30 percent of those surveyed would encourage their children to go into manufacturing careers.  This is a trend that must be reversed and which Manufacturing Day seeks to address by giving people an opportunity to discover what modern manufacturing environments are really like.
 
“There is a demand for skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology”, says Jim Bus, executive vice president of ATAS International.  “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be a shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”
 
Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  Partners include Edge Factor and the Science Channel and guest producer, Industrial Strength Marketing.

MBCI Houston Plant Hosts National Manufacturing Day

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson presents NCI a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition during National Manufacturing Day.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson presents NCI a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition during National Manufacturing Day.

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day 2016, NCI Building Systems Inc. (NCI) opened three of its manufacturing facilities to the public, including its MBCI manufacturing facility in Houston.

More than 300 people participated in MBCI’s Manufacturing Day activities, which included facility tours, presentations from company and community leaders, a question-and-answer session and a catered lunch to participants as part of an ongoing effort to promote the strength of U.S. manufacturing and increase awareness of the outstanding career opportunities in the field. The tours showcased a working plant featuring MBCI designers, programmers and technology operators who each play a role in manufacturing the products our communities and industries rely on.

Students from Cold Springs – Oakhurst and Sealy ISDs, and professionals from The Lucas Group, Ernst & Young and The Welding School heard presentations given by NCI President, Don Riley and NCI Vice President of Manufacturing, Carlin Mueller, as well as Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18). The messages delivered focused on the career and growth opportunities available in manufacturing, with Jackson-Lee sharing her views on the role of the industry in building the US economy, saying “I am excited about that fact that you are, in essence, recognizing the importance of acknowledging to America that we need to make things with our hands.”

Further emphasizing the importance of the work done by manufacturing companies like MBCI, NCI was presented a United States flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition on the occasion of National Manufacturing Day by Jackson-Lee.

SOPREMA Expands Manufacturing Facility to Accelerate Services

SOPREMA expands its Gulfport, Mississippi manufacturing facility in an effort to increase product offerings and expedite production. The expansion comes as a solution to continued growth that the Gulfport operations team has experienced and will further accelerate service to the market.

The Gulfport facility completes a 21,250 square foot addition, with its location situated on SOPREMA’s campus which encompasses manufacturing, product testing, distribution and a training facility. The expansion is used for both additional product offering and warehouse of product and materials in various stages of the production process.

“The expansion is an opportunity to continue to support the SOPREMA growth initiatives as our business grows,” said Kent Furcron, Gulfport plant manager, SOPREMA. “We are proud that our facility is now able to produce more product and provide additional jobs in the region.”

Metl-Span Starts Production at Canadian Manufacturing Facility

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated panels, has started production at the recently acquired plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

To better serve customers in the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets, Metl-Span is producing Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted panels at the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. The Hamilton plant was acquired in October 2015.

“Our team has successfully completed the installation of technology and equipment to supply insulated metal panels to our customers,” says Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span president. “The market demand remains strong as architects and building owners continue to recognize the benefits of our wall systems.”

Johns Manville Plans to Build Second Production Line at Its Alabama Manufacturing Facility

Johns Manville (JM), a global building and specialty products manufacturer and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced plans to build a second production line at the company’s Scottsboro, Ala., manufacturing facility. The new line will increase production capacity for JM TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin).

“This significant investment continues JM’s long-standing commitment to our customers, the industry, our employees and the communities in which we serve,” says Mary Rhinehart, JM’s president and CEO.

State and local officials in Alabama welcomed the announcement. “Alabama workers make all kinds of great products, and I am honored that Johns Manville has decided to expand its plant in Scottsboro with new capital investment that means more jobs for Alabama residents,” Gov. Robert Bentley says. “Creating jobs and opportunity in the state is my No. 1 priority, and we are committed to helping Johns Manville achieve success with this project in Jackson County.”

“JM has been an important member of our community for eight years,” says Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter. “Their recent capacity expansion and the announcement of adding a second line shows JM’s confidence in our workforce to produce the best TPO in the industry. I thank JM for choosing to make this investment in Scottsboro and Jackson County.”

In October 2008, JM’s commitment to single ply manufacturing was solidified with the opening of a state-of-the-art TPO facility in Scottsboro. JM furthered its investment in single ply in 2012 with the opening of an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) manufacturing plant in Milan, Ohio.

The new TPO production line will bring JM’s total investment in commercial roofing over the past eight years to approximately $200 million. Together with putting money back in the American economy and bringing more than 175 jobs to the manufacturing sector, JM’s continued investments allow growth in the industry and extend JM’s areas of roofing expertise and available products.
To meet recent demand for JM TPO, JM began a capacity expansion project in March 2015 at the Scottsboro plant. Construction was completed in May, and now work will begin to construct the second production line.

“The plant expansion was a huge success and made our Scottsboro facility what is, in our view, the most productive and efficient TPO facility in the U.S., enabling us to meet our customers’ needs for the foreseeable future,” says Jennifer Ford-Smith, JM’s director of Marketing and Single Ply. “This new line will give JM the ability to supply our customers with even more JM TPO than was previously available.”

Senior vice president and general manager Robert Wamboldt says, “We’re proud to be a part of the commercial roofing industry, and we believe our 157-year history demonstrates that we are here to stay. This new production line will help JM meet customer demand and remain a supplier of choice in our industry.”

Dura Coat Products Completes Expansion of Manufacturing Facility

Dura Coat Products Inc. announced that the expansion of the Huntsville, Ala., manufacturing plant is now complete.

Dura Coat Products Inc. announced that the expansion of the Huntsville, Ala., manufacturing plant is now complete.

Mike Hong, president and CEO of Dura Coat Products Inc., announced that the expansion of the Huntsville, Ala., manufacturing plant is now complete. The factory has been undergoing construction recently to add 35,000 square feet of paint manufacturing capability.

The plant was originally built in 2002, designed from the ground up specifically for paint manufacturing. It was located to serve customers in the southeast and offer next day delivery within a 500-mile radius. Built next to the Wheeler Wild Life Refuge, a 35,000-acre preserve along the Tennessee River and habitat for wintering and migrating birds in the eastern U.S., Dura Coat adheres to stringent environmental restrictions and upholds some of the highest air quality, wastewater and hazardous waste management standards.

Because of increasing demands, the factory needed to expand and has now approximately doubled its manufacturing capacity.

Duro-Last Completes PVC Extruder

Duro-Last Inc. announced the completion of a PVC extruder located in its Saginaw, Mich. manufacturing facility.

The announcement was made by Duro-Last CEO Tom Saeli and Mildred Burt, wife of founder John R. Burt, during a company-wide meeting. This investment comes as part of Duro-Last’s commitment to continue to manufacture high-quality roofing systems.

“Duro-Last has been a manufacturer of PVC roofing systems since our inception in 1978. We have built a new PVC sheet extruder to allow us to handle increased demand for our products,” says Saeli. “We are enthusiastic about making this investment here in Saginaw and believe that investing in technologically advanced manufacturing in the U.S. is the right thing to do.”

Duro-Last is the material of choice for high-quality, low-slope roofing. Our PVC roofing membranes are durable, serviceable, flame-resistant, highly flexible and recyclable. Duro-Last manufactures and sells complete PVC roofing systems with a broad range of products to satisfy all types of low-slope roof requirements. Duro-Last has manufacturing operations in Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, Iowa, and Oregon, and distribution centers in New York and Ontario.