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Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. / HQ: Snyder, Neb. / Services: Fire truck equipment Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.: “We place a strong emphasis on quality design.” Fired up for Success smeal fire apparatus co. is a pioneer in manufacturing fire truck equipment and is dedicated to putting quality first. smeal’s manufacturing operations use a quality tool kit that aims to ensure zero defects. Since 1964, when the first 42-foot aerial device was installed on a fire truck, Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. says it has been proud to be an important partner in the fire and rescue industry. The Snyder, Neb.-based company “designs with the firefighter in mind” when it manufactures aerial ladders, platform aerials, pumpers and other fire truck apparatus that enable fire and rescue workers to get their jobs done safely and efficiently, it says. Quality is of the utmost importance, the company asserts. “Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. is committed to providing our customers with superior quality and has implemented rigorous quality systems to assure this,” it says. “Our quality policy is to develop, produce and deliver products on schedule that meet or exceed customer expectations. In order to do this, we have implemented quality systems and processes that are continually being improved to satisfy our customers’ changing needs. “We place a strong emphasis on quality design, while utilizing problem and waste prevention, to build quality into our products and processes,” it continues. “All our products are manufactured to Smeal specifications and undergo testing to assure conformance. Additional test verifications are included to assure compliance with unique industry and customer specifications when requested.” Continuous improvement has become a way of life for Smeal. “One of the key strategies is to constantly improve our processes and product line,” the company says. “Our manufacturing sites use a quality tool kit that includes ‘zero SPRING 2010

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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