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M A N U FAC T U R I N G & E N G I N E E R I N G m +e Excellent Machines MEDICAL TEAM MANAGER LUKE TANKERSLEY SAYS HE STRIVES TO “LEAD BY EXAMPLE” AT CHIRON AMERICA. >CHIRON AMERICA INC. BY A L A N D O R I C H For CHIRON America Inc., being the top seller is not the highest priority, Medical Team Manager Luke Tankersley says. Instead, with its continuous investments in R&D, the manufacturer of vertical machining centers (VMC) prefers to lead the way in innovation. “[We try] to be the leader in technology,” he says. Based in Charlotte, N.C., CHIRON America produces machining centers for clients in a broad range of markets, including automotive, aerospace, defense and medical. “Our primary customer is medical device manufacturers [of ] anything as far as an implant or things used in surgery,” Tankersley says. CHIRON started operations in Germany in 1921, and for many years, specialized in precision engineering and the manufacture of surgical instruments. Additionally, in 1943, the company produced the components for the first jet engine. -----------------------------------------------[ P R O F I L E ] CHIRON America Inc. 2009 sales: $25 million Headquarters: Charlotte, N.C. Products: Vertical machining centers Employees: Approximately 75 -------------------------------------------------------------- After changing ownership several times, Tankersley says, the company began manufacturing automobiles and commercial items. In 1957, however, the Germany-based Hoberg & Driesch Group acquired controlling interest in the company and led it into the manufacturing of components for drilling, milling and thread cutting. CHIRON America was established as a > >MORE LEADING IN CNC CHIRON America says it is a leader in vertical CNC machining centers. “For small- and medium-batch production, CHIRON offers five-axis universal milling machines, with an extremely solid symmetric moving column design, and an CNC swivel head,” it says. WINTER 2011 MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM 49 http://www.MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Management Today - Winter 2011

Management Today - Winter 2011
Millionaire Mega Toys
Management Playbook
Taking Action
Branding Concerns
La Curacao
Prosper Inc.
Meridian Credit Union
Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan
Mona Pearl
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
L’Oreal USA Consumers Products Division
ABI Ltd.
CHIRON America
Lucerne Foods
Bud’s Best Cookies
Crest Foam Industries
Hozishaki America
The Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
Lavi Industries
S. Freedman & Sons Inc.
Val-Fab Inc.
History vs. Reality
Grupo Roble
Sabal Homes
Grupo Marhnos
Novak Construction
McAlpine Ltd. – Cayman Islands Government Administration Building
Ram Power Corp.
CMH Architects
Golden State Framers
Russell Redi-Mix Concrete
Roger Electric
Supply Chain
Triad Systems
Schildwachter Oil
Star Transport
Canadian Focus
Airline Hotels & Resorts Inc.
Northgate Industries
Winnipeg Airports Authority
PKS Equipment & Engineering Inc.
The Hazelton Hotel
Leeds Transit
PCL Constructors – Durham Consolidated Courthouse
Build Toronto
Handling Specialty
Parker Hannifin Canada
Stevens Resource Group Inc.

Management Today - Winter 2011