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Co-Operative Industries / HQ: Fort Worth, Texas / Revenues: $16 million / Employees: 128 / Products: Harness solutions / Sam Symonds, president and CEO: “We will accept smaller orders than our competitors with the idea that the client will reward the effort with future business.” co-operative industries designs, fabricates and repairs electrical wiring harnesses and conduits. A Service Co-Op taking advantage of growth opportunities has paid off for texas-based co-operative industries. by libby john Co-Operative Industries has a sharp focus on customer service and a willingness to set itself apart from the competition in the eyes of their clients, President and CEO Sam Symonds says. “We have a willingness to respond quickly, and we generally don’t turn down an opportunity because of size,” he says. “Sometimes, our competitors [will not fill an order] because it is only one or two items. Having worked with customers that have specific require68 SPRING 2010 ments, we have enjoyed the benefit of their follow-on business. In addition, these same customers have shared their positive opinions of us with their with industry peers, resulting in new business relationships for CoOperative Industries.” The firm, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a small business specializing in the design, fabrication and repair of electrical wiring harnesses, ignition leads, flexible metal conduit and conduit assemblies. Its primary cus- tomers are in the commercial and military aerospace markets, but they also supply conduit products to those in the industrial arena. The electrical wiring harnesses manufactured and repaired at Co-Operative Industries are found on many military aircraft and commercial airliners. The harnesses are used to carry signals between discreet engine components and the main communication bus of the aircraft so the cockpit can monitor the function of the engine. “There isn’t much variation in the function of our product lines, being interconnect products,” Symonds says. “What changes are the features. Our ability to work with newly developed components and incorporate them into interconnect solutions provides a tremendous benefit to our customers. In one case, the company has solved field repairability issues while simultaneously reducing the weight of the harness. Another example is our ability to respond with peripheral products such as automatic test equipment for testing harnesses while still mounted on the fan case or other locations on the engine.” Although the company’s manufacturing processes are similar to its competitors, “the combination of laser wire stripping, laser wire marking and in-house braiding capability is somewhat unique,” he says. “Because the company is ISO 9001 and AS9100 registered, we are continuously looking at our quality systems and finding ways to improve our manufacturing processes to excel in this competitive industry. “We also have remarkable relationships with many of our suppliers allowing us to enter into long term contracts with scheduled deliveries, which helps the ‘just in time’ effort with inventory,” he says. “We seem to always carry more inventory than we’d like, but we try to balance that with the desire to respond quickly to our customer’s needs.”

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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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