Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010 - (Page 38)

Gardner Denver – Industrial Products Division / HQ: Quincy, Ill. / 2009 sales: $2 billion / Employees: 6,500 / Specialty: Compressed air and gas, vacuum and fluid transfer products / Phil Hildebrand, Director of Sales and Marketing: “We’re very focused on meeting the needs of our customers.” Always Working gardner denver emphasizes continuous improvement as it works to better serve its customers. by chris petersen gardner denver builds compressors, pumps and blowers for many markets and applications. Gardner Denver is proof that a successful company never stops trying to improve itself. Already a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of compressors, pumps and blowers and marking its 150th anniversary last year, the company has recently undertaken a massive culture shift toward leaner production and a stronger concentration on listening to the customer. Gary Gillespie, Director of Sales and Marketing for the compressor business within the Industrial Products Group, says the 38 SPRING 2010 initiative is the passion of CEO Barry Pennypacker, who was named to the position in early 2008. “He expects us to work on the business, not in the business,” Gillespie says. This means the company has a stronger focus on continuous improvement, which has led to a number of changes that have increased efficiency, empowered employees’ decisionmaking, and reorganized the company to better serve its customers. This latest initiative has further strengthened Gardner Denver’s posi- tion in the markets it serves, where it has been a constant presence since 1859. Founded by Robert Gardner, the company redesigned flyball governors to better harness the power of steam and eventually developed steam pumps and high-speed vertical air compressors. The company received a boost when its steam pump technology was adapted for use in mud pumps used in the drilling process for oil and natural gas wells. In 1927, the company merged with the Denver Rock Drill Company, bec-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010

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