Success with The Center

Michigan Manufacturing Success Stories

For more than 25 years, we have been helping small to mid-size manufacturing companies and their staff achieve excellence in their field.  By providing them with personalized services and skills training we have been able to watch them grow exponentially over the years.

In fact, over the past year alone, our clients have seen:

  • $139.4 million in created sales
  • $537.5 million in retained sales
  • $70.7 million in cost savings
  • 3,771 jobs created/retained
  • $195.8 million in investments made

We take pride in our clients' successes and want to share a few with you.

Featured Success Stories:

Hilite International

Manufacturing, Six Sigma
Hilite is laser-focused on quality and efficiency, with a goal of zero defects throughout the production process. Rather than spending extra time and money to rework defective parts, they wanted to eliminate defects all together. After consulting with the experts at The Center, they decided Six Sigma was the route to take.

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Peninsular Cylinder Co.

Manufacturing, LEAN Business Solutions;Market Diversification
Peninsular Cylinder Co. tried several different ways to increase efficiency and boost profitability. They were looking for smarter solutions to increase on-time deliveries, improve inventory turns, reduce scrap and rework, and reduce cost.

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American Jetway Corporation

Chemicals, Workforce Engagement
Effective communication between teams, shifts and departments was lacking, creating an environment where staff were frustrated and unhappy. With the threat of losing employees, they knew they wanted to invest in their employees to do something to refine skills and retain staff. A customized Supervisory Skills training program for the management team was created.

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Bauer Controls

Quality Systems
Bauer Controls experienced a change in Quality Team leadership. Realizing the existing Quality system was too complicated, the new leadership decided that cleaning up the present system would help transition to the newer ISO 9001:2015 standard. The Quality team at The Center put together a plan to help Bauer Controls meet the newest requirements, as well as to make the system more value-added.

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Brighton NC Machine Corp.

LEAN Business Solutions
Brighton NC has worked with The Center in the past to create and maintain a culture of continuous improvement. For more than 3 years, The Center supplied Brighton NC with the training and mentoring necessary to sustain this culture and improve their company. In 2016, Brighton NC developed a strategy for increasing sales over a 2-year period. For assistance with this plan, they came to The Center.

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Eagle Ottawa, LLC

Manufacturing, LEAN Business Solutions;Six Sigma;Workforce Engagement
Eagle Ottawa’s vision was set to create a “Center of Excellence” regarding innovation and technology. The management team at Eagle Ottawa (Lear Leather Division) reached out to The Center for expertise and assistance with developing their workforce to give the company a competitive edge. This included mixed-mode manufacturing, supervisory training and six sigma initiatives.

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Uckele Health & Nutrition

LEAN Business Solutions
Uckele was in a bind with a majority customer. Due to long lead times and missed delivery dates on newly developed products, the customer communicated an interest in dual sourcing their product. To attract another supplier, they would re-source a large portion of the product currently being supplied by Uckele. To retain their loyalty and avoid losing future business, Uckele contacted The Center.

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Simonds International

LEAN Business Solutions
Simonds wanted to improve overall production efficiency, reporting and on-time delivery. The solution to Simonds production reporting and on-time delivery started with a value stream map exercise to layout current and future states. The Center’s lean expert worked with the company to create daily management boards for each department. Past due jobs decreased 30% in just over two months.

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Quality Aluminum Products

LEAN Business Solutions
QAP was experiencing issues with incorrect shipments. Either their product was not being received or the incorrect product was received but not returned. In the previous year, QAP lost $600,000 to credits given for incorrect deliveries. Following QAP’s completion of a Transformation Planner and operational assessment, The Center developed an improvement plan to reduce the number of order errors.

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KIRCHHOFF Automotive

Manufacturing, LEAN Business Solutions
As KIRCHHOFF Automotive continued to experience growth in the Lansing region, they needed to establish a solid lean culture among all employees, practices and operations. They contacted The Center and engaged in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Risk Management, Core Tools, A3 Problem Solving, 8D Root Cause Analysis, Total Productive Maintenance and GD&T training.

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Standard Components

Machinery, Quality Systems
With an upcoming system audit scheduled, the team at Standard Components had only one month to successfully transition from AS9100C to AS9100D before they would be audited. but The Center was able to work with Standard Components to successfully transition and implement their QMS with a few weeks to spare before their official audit.

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