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.

Firestone Releases Sustainability Report

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has released the “2015 Global Sustainability Report” detailing the company’s progress in achieving its environmental goals and fulfilling its commitment to contributing to an environmentally sustainable society. The report, which provides an overview of the company’s environmental performance measured using criteria set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), demonstrates how Firestone is using metrics to drive performance across its business. 
 
Firestone had a number of accomplishments that are outlined in the 2015 report. By focusing its efforts on three key areas: people, process and products, Firestone:

     

  • Launched two new products with near zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), making it safer for contractors, building occupants and the environment
  • Increased the number of voluntary reporting indicators from 10 to 37 for greater transparency in reporting
  • Decreased wastewater discharge by 23 percent between 2014 and 2015

 
“Firestone has a long-standing commitment to driving the type of innovation that will enable our products to meet global standards throughout their lifecycle – from production to performance,” says Tim Dunn, president, Firestone Building Products. “It is through the dedication and hard work of our employees worldwide that we are able to make environmental improvements in our products and processes, and demonstrate leadership in our industry.
 
Firestone is adhering to the GRI G4 reporting standard to ensure comprehensive sustainability reporting. The company expects certification to the G4 standard later this year.
 
As part of Bridgestone Americas, Firestone is committed to being a good corporate citizen globally, nationally and especially in the communities where it has manufacturing facilities, sales facilities and offices. Bridgestone Americas’ parent company, Bridgestone Corp., was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the first time, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for the seventh consecutive year. Firestone’s corporate citizenship commitments extend beyond sustainability. In 2015, Firestone employees gave their time and talents in plant and headquarters communities to organizations that support education, the arts, health and wellness, and work to improve peoples’ lives.
 
To learn more about Firestone Building Products, or to download a copy of the 2015 Firestone Building Products Global Sustainability Report, visit firestonebpco.com.

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.

ATAS Hosts Meeting With Product Distributors

ATAS International welcomes product distributors from several countries to the ATAS headquarters.

ATAS International welcomes product distributors from several countries to the ATAS headquarters.

ATAS International welcomed product distributors from several countries to the ATAS headquarters in Allentown, Pa.  The guests, all of whom were ATAS product distributors, gathered for education sessions, a plant tour, and information exchanges.  ATAS continues to grow their export business and develop relationships with distributors throughout the world.

Joao DaCosta, director of international business development for ATAS, states, “We are pleased to receive our international distributors for the second biennial meeting.  The four day event has been full of collaborative ideas and enthusiastic networking.  Our guests shared their business experience with ATAS and each other, and all left with new and renewed global relationships.”
 
DaCosta, who is also a professor of international business and global supply chain at Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City, sees the Greater Lehigh Valley area as a strategic location for the manufacturing industry and for continued growth in the exporting of products.

Appearing in the photo, from left to right:  Jim Bus, executive vice president of ATAS; Stew Ahman, Caribbean distributor; Dick Bus, president of ATAS; Shirley and Luke Martin, CountryTowne of Canada; Margaret and Abe Fehr, Western Metal Roofing of Canada; Stephane D’Anjou, 3R Tiles of Canada; Jonathan Ayotte, Trigo Energies of Canada; Christian Cartagena, Zigma of Chile; Claude Garand, 3R Tiles of Canada; Erick Perez, EP Group of Colombia; Carmen Gajardo, Zigma of Chile; Joao DaCosta, director of international business development for ATAS; and Valentina Cartagena, Zigma of Chile.

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. Hires Plant Manager

Matt Froehlich is hired as plant manager for FlashCo Manufacturing Inc.

Matt Froehlich is hired as plant manager for FlashCo Manufacturing Inc.

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. hired Matt Froehlich as plant manager for the Chicago location. Matt brings to FlashCo over 14 years of experience in supply chain management and manufacturing. Matt will be responsible for developing and leading the Midwest plant, supporting FlashCo’s market expansion, lean system development and operations.

Matt brings a wealth of experience to FlashCo and has worked with a number of manufacturing companies in Michigan and California developing lean oriented supply chain management systems. Most recently, Matt was supply chain director for IDEX Corporation in Rohnert Park, Calif., responsible for customer service, warehouse and purchasing. Throughout his career, Matt has been adept at utilizing lean philosophies to identify supply chain issues, eliminate waste and increase asset utilization. Matt has a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Management from Walsh College.

“We are developing a presence in the Midwest,” says Greg Morrow, president of FlashCo, “so we were looking for a leader for our Chicago plant. Matt brings us a combination of knowledge in operations, plant management and implementing lean oriented supply chains. We are excited to have Matt build a functioning operation and carry out our commitment to customer satisfaction with respect and a can-do attitude.”

IMETCO Opens Manufacturing Facility in Sacramento

IMETCO opens manufacturing facility in Sacramento.

IMETCO opens manufacturing facility in Sacramento.

IMETCO (Innovative Metals Co. Inc.) opened a 46,900 square-foot manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California, more than tripling the current manufacturing space at their former Albuquerque, New Mexico, location and offering an expanded footprint for future growth. The location will have a broader manufacturing portfolio to better serve IMETCO’s West Coast customers.

“Making the move to Sacramento puts IMETCO closer to its West Coast customers, which helps to reduce product lead time and shipping costs. Overall, the move will allow us to better serve our customers,” said Joe Mellott, vice president and general manager at IMETCO.

The McClellan Air Force Base revitalization project is part of a $580 million investment to transform the now closed base into a business park. 

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.”

Fabral Expands Flat Sheet and Slit Coil Program

Fabral is expanding its flat sheet and slit coil program.

Fabral is expanding its flat sheet and slit coil program.

Fabral is delivering on its commitment to placing customers first. Fabral is expanding its flat sheet and slit coil program in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. New slitting and blanking capacity is being added.

Flat sheet and coil compliments Fabral’s total metal wall panel and roofing system product line. The company’s complete flat sheet and slit coil offering is available through the Lancaster operation. Products are fabricated on a short order cycle time basis and delivered in the quality fashion that Fabral customers expect and appreciate.

The Lancaster plant will stock Fabral’s full architectural color palette. Custom colors will be available upon request subject to common industry minimums.

Fabral will be further expanding its manufacturing footprint and operational capacity over the coming months to enhance service, quality and product offering.

Garland Company Opens Renovated Training Center

Recruits at the Garland Company will be the first to go through training in Garland’s renovated training center. After nearly 100 years in the Union-Miles neighborhood on East 91st Street in Cleveland, Garland has made another investment in the community – and an investment in their team of employees.

Garland purchased a 16,000 square feet building next door to their corporate headquarters in 2015 and began rennovations. Newly named The Soliday Center — in honor of one of Garland’s first salesmen and trainers — the renovated building serves as the training center for future Garland sales representatives and employees. With the 2,000 square feet training room at the heart of the structure, the building will also offer office space for Garland corporate employees and corporate events.

In the last century, Garland has purchased one dozen adjacent properties in Cleveland totaling more than $10.3 million in investments. In 2009, Garland received the Brownfield Cleanup of the Year award for their purchase and renovation of the former Baker Steel building on East 91st Street. With the addition of the new Soliday Center property, Garland now occupies approximately 200,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space on more than seven and a half acres.

“Our people are an asset. The culture that we build with our new employees is vital to our company’s success, and this new facility is a place to build that culture. This space is a great way to show our commitment to our people and our neighborhood,” Scott Craft, VP and general manager at the Garland Company.

Mill Steel Consolidates Steel Framing Manufacturing Operations

Mill Steel Co., a distributor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has decided to consolidate its Steel Structural Products – Louisville steel framing manufacturing operations and related corporate office to its Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville service center footprint. Once complete it is expected that all 40 jobs will relocate to the Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville area. Steel Structural Products expects to complete the move by the end of March 2016.

This move will greatly enhance the efficiencies associated with Steel Structural Products manufacturing of steel framing and accessories, as well as enable it to receive substantial freight cost savings and enhanced truck availability given the established Mill Steel service center operations reside on the Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville. Mill Steel’s service center growth and success on the Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville footprint has exceeded all expectations to date and eagerly awaits the addition of the new manufacturing operations. Steel Structural Products’ move to Jeffersonville enables it to leverage Mill Steel’s:

  • Processing services
  • Inbound rail and barge material flow
  • Freight carrier network

This will in turn enhance its service and delivery capabilities to its distribution customers.

Mill Steel Chairman and CEO David S. Samrick says the consolidation of Mill Steel’s Steel Structural Products manufacturing operations not only brings efficient material procurement, manufacturing and logistics opportunities, but also brings Steel Structural Products operating and commercial personnel closer together with Mill Steel’s team.