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Code 3 Inc. / Manufacturing site: St. Louis / Employees: 200 / Products: Emergency and warning vehicle lighting and sirens Dale Tompkins, president: “Our innovations show that we are responsive to customers’ needs through imagination and creativity.” “Our business and facility are organized in response to our customers’ needs, such as using demand-flow technology to be more efficient and effective,” Tompkins says. “This capability has given us the fastest lead times in the industry – we are almost two times faster than our nearest competitor across our entire customer mix – for all our products which are 100 percent customized. “All our facilities and processes are ISO 9001 certified, and we have been deploying Lean Six Sigma throughout all our processes,” he adds. “We are focused on eliminating waste on the manufacturing floor and throughout the business, as well as creating more value for our customers.” Three Priorities Since Tompkins arrived, Code 3 has tripled its investment in new technology to boost its development capabilities. Two of its latest patent-pending introductions include TriCore lighting technology, launched in April 2009, and PriZm II lighting technology, launched in September 2009. TriCore delivers more light output per watt than any other current halogen, strobe or LED lighthead on the market, Tompkins says. This technology makes TriCore more than two times brighter than any other warning light available. Tompkins explains the PriZm II technology is an advanced dualreflector LED technology that provides a brighter signal for superior visibility and safety. The system captures and concentrates the light more efficiently, resulting in a warning signal much brighter than comparable reflector lightheads. “We are taking market share across the globe with the launch of TriCore and PriZm II,” Tompkins says. “All of our development is focused on making our products brighter, safer and smarter. Brightness matters to our customers, and we are 25 percent to new product innovation is helping code 3 ensure its customers are safer in their work. ‘Challenger Brand’ code 3 is using ‘brighter, safer and smarter’ product development to drive growth. by staci davidson When Dale Tompkins became the president of St. Louis-based Code 3 Inc. in July 2008, the company was “people strong, but process and imagination weak,” he says. Changes needed to be made, he explains, but he was optimistic that Code 3 had the desire and intent to improve. He also had the backing of Code 3’s parent – Public Safety Equipment – which designs, manufactures and markets engineered products that enhance safe travel for the motoring public. “We set our sights high when I came on 18 months ago,” he says. “The company had endowments – 120 SPRING 2010 such as lead time and customer service – but needed improvements. Since then, we’ve analyzed and employed growth-centric processes, imagined new avenues for expansion, and become a much more competitive company.” As a developer and manufacturer of safety devices in the police, fire, EMS, DOT and construction industries, Code 3 operates in highly competitive domestic and international markets. To improve, the company’s core initiatives focused on creating quality processes to ensure well-designed, high-quality and unique products.

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
Juanita’s Foods
Les Plats du Chef
Gardner Denver
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
Club Car Inc.
Parkson Corp.
MKS Instruments Inc.
Amity Technology
Co-Operative Industries
Corbi Plastics
Elyria/Hodge Foundries Co.
Inteplast Group Ltd.
Willbanks Metals
Zotos International Inc.
Akron Foundry Co.
Alo North America
Bosal International
First American Plastic Molding Enterprise
MAC Equipment
Mayville Engineering Co. Inc.
Kurtz Bros. Inc.
Aesco Electronics
Code 3 Inc.
Columbia Marking Tools
Euro-Rite Cabinets
Fampec Technology LLC
Faubion Associates Inc.
Ginsey Industries Inc.
Imagineering Finishing Technologies
Imperial Woodworks Inc.
Innovative Lighting
Liburdi Dimetrics
MTC Transformers
Plastiques GPR
S.A. Robotics
Sunrise Windows
Positran Manufacturing Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010