Magazine Issue May 2015

Heinz-Kraft Merger Raises Questions About Supply Chain Operations, Procurement and Sourcing

The recent announcement of the Heinz-Kraft merger has many of us wondering how two giant companies can smoothly transition into one entity and how this merger will potentially alter the merged brands' supply chain.

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5 Types of Cyber Liabilities for Manufacturers

There are a variety of cyber liabilities that aren’t covered by commercial general liability policies for manufacturers. Assurance CEO, Tony Chimino, outlines the types of liabilities and guidelines for purchasing cyber insurance.

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Passing the Taste Test

One of Brazil's most innovative soft drinks producers is revolutionizing the market with new sodas and juices, planning and packaging. With quality approved by consumers and multinational beverage giants alike, this company shows that the biggest is not necessarily the…

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Michigan Manufacturing

From Rust Belt to High Tech: How Employment Rebounded in Michigan

Job Growth in Michigan Puts the Mitten on the Map as Unemployment Drops to its Lowest in More than a Decade.

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Going Global: The U.S. Middle-Market Manufacturing Sector Evolves

Middle market manufacturers help drive the U.S. economy and have been an important part of the economic recovery over the past few years.

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Palmetto Railways


Serving a number of different industries, Palmetto Railways is a Charleston-based short line railroad company that has been transporting industrial goods and products across South Carolina since 1890. Jeff McWhorter, President and CEO of the company, sits down to talk…

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Southern Comfort

Genuine Spirit

Southern Comfort is an American legacy whose liqueurs have been enjoyed by millions around the world for over 140 years. Now, in 2015, the company is releasing an entirely new flavor and packaging platform that serves to further represent the…

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IGB Automotive

Deep Seat-ed Success

IGB Automotive, a division of I.G. Bauerhin, has been delivering cutting-edge seating solutions to the global automotive industry since 1976. Reinold Kosciuw, sales manager for the company's North American division, sits down to talk about the evolutionary path their products…

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Kalyn Siebert

Dealer’s Choice

Kalyn Siebert, a subsidiary of EnTrans International, is a world-class manufacturer of the highest quality heavy duty trailers and integrated solutions available in the market. Kalyn Siebert's continued success is built on a solid foundation of LEAN manufacturing methodologies and…

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Sensor Perfect

Sixty years ago, in 1953, George Kelk was an engineer in Toronto working for a notable aerospace company called Avro Airplanes. His job was to test wings and engines and he became an expert on string gauges and measuring stress…

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Global Saw

HYDMECH is a globally renowned manufacturer and supplier of metal band and cold saw technology and solutions. Focusing on the synergy of innovation, safety, and ease of use, the company's products have been in high demand for many years, but…

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Carlson Engineering Composite

Engineering Quality

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of Carlson Engineered Composites, and the 30th year since their current chairman, Neil Carlson, decided to significantly shift the company's operations and begin manufacturing fiberglass products on its own. And now, Carlson is expanding to…

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Driving Solutions

Looking around the world, in nearly every vehicle are high-strength automotive parts on board that have been designed, developed, and produced by the Hirschvogel Automotive Group. Serving as one of the top automotive suppliers since the company’s founding in 1938,…

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Ceramica Carmelo Fior

Something to Tile About

One of the largest manufacturers of ceramic floor and wall tiles in Brazil - and the world - Carmelo Fior Ceramics is committed to producing high quality products at affordable prices. In an interview with Michael Sommers, director Eduardo Roncorini…

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