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Elyria/Hodge Foundries Co. / HQ: Elyria, Ohio / Employees: 550 / Services: Ductile and grey iron foundries / Greg Noethlich, COO: “[We’re] bringing new concepts to an age-old industry.” Learning New Tricks elyria / hodge foundries applies new thinking to an old manufacturing process by adopting lean manufacturing principles. by chris petersen Working with metal is one of mankind’s earliest technological achievements, but that doesn’t mean we know everything there is to know about it. Take, for example, the case of Ohio and Pennsylvania-based Elyria/ Hodge Foundries Co., a company with more than 100 years of experience in the industry that recently undertook a massive change in the way it operates based on the concepts of lean manufacturing. COO Greg Noethlich explains the operation is bringing new concepts to one of the oldest manufacturing industries as a way to distinguish itself in an increasingly tight marketplace. “Faced with the external pressures of China and some of the other lowercost manufacturers globally, we need to have a competitive advantage,” Noethlich says. “We believe it’s going to be on the operations side because we know it’s not going to be on the low labor rate side.” Elyria/Hodge Foundries specializes in producing complex, grey and ductile iron castings for big-name customers in industries including renewable wind energy, power generation, infrastructure, agriculture and construction equipment. The company got started on this new path almost immediately upon making the decision that the operations strategy would bring a competitive advantage. “We deployed on a venture right after the first of 2009,” Noethlich explains. “With the right team of foundry expertise, in operation for more than 100 years, elyria/hodge foundries has found new ways to improve itself. SPRING 2010

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
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MKS Instruments Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010