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Amity Technology / HQ: Fargo, N.D. / Services: Farm management equipment / Jack Oberlander, manager of the planting and seeding division: “Amity Technology has pioneered many features adapted by other shank drill manufacturers.” The Farmer’s Friend amity technology uses its reputation for service and reliability to partner with farmers worldwide. amity technology exports much of its crop management equipment to clients in russia and ukraine. A few years ago, Amity Technology became the first company from North Dakota to be named Exporter of the Year for Region VIII of the U.S. Small Business Administration. This region covers Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Additionally, in 2009, the company was chosen as one of the top 100 U.S. manufacturers on the Inc. 500 list. This is pretty good for a company that is not yet 15 years old. Based in Fargo, N.D., Amity Technology manufactures soil samplers, sugar beet equipment, air seeding equipment, air carts and crop management prod64 SPRING 2010 ucts. The company went from having approximately $10 million in annual revenues in its early years, to $20.9 million in 2005 and more than $49 million in 2008. Amity Technology attributes this growth to its quality product line and ability to respond to the needs of its global customer base. In addition to sales to customers in the U.S. agriculture sector, the company earns nearly half of its revenue from customers in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, northern China and Azerbaijan. In fact, because of its success in the past few years and a forecast of continued growth, Amity Technology completed a large-scale plant expansion last year. At a cost of $2.2 million, Amity Technology added: > 6,400 square feet of assembly capacity to accommodate the growth in demand for its products; > 4,500 square feet for shipping and receiving, which allowed it to significantly upgrade its ability to load containers for export through the addition of two shipping docks; and > 4,300 square feet for powder coating, which allowed it to increase its paint operation’s throughput. Amity says this also allowed it to “tremendously improve” the finish quality of its painted products.

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