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Alo North America / HQ: Niagara Falls, Ontario / Employees: 650 / Jan Sandsjö, production director: “We endeavor to do our part here in North America to achieve the dynamics associated with a global leading producer.” As the North American subsidiary of the Alo Group, Alo North America strives to keep the leading position in its markets, Production Director Jan Sandsjö says. “Alo’s business strategy is to lead the industry in innovative design and technical specifications,” he says. “We endeavor to do our part here in North America to achieve the dynamics associated with a global leading producer.” Alo, based in Umeå, Sweden, manufactures front loaders, implements and subframes. Founder Karl-Ragnar Åström started the company in 1949, and the firm exported its first loader outside of Sweden 10 years later, Sandsjö says. “The company grew at a steady pace with good profitability,” he says, noting that the company moved into the North American market in 1988 when it acquired KMW, a Canadian loader manufacturer with a USA division in Kansas. “This was later reorganized into the current sales company, Alo North America, in Niagara Falls, Canada.” Alo North America General Manager Dana Hoover, who was at KMW at the time of the acquisition, says that the company brought a new mentality to the firm. “[In] the Swedish industrial standards, there’s a lot more green thinking than what we see here [in North America],” Hoover says. “It actually drives us toward that.” An example of this was the environmental mandates in Sweden in the mid-‘90s that required it to change its paint system to a more ecofriendly latex-based system. This bridged its needs until a state-of-theart power system was commissioned in 2005. with plants in sweden and north america, alo manufactures front loaders, implements and subframes. Staying On Top the alo group is confident it is taking the right steps to remain its clients’ first choice. by alan dorich market leader,” he says. “It’s been a very good, progressive company with a very dynamic style of management.” Sandsjö joined Alo in 2003 after working for Volvo Car Corp. He notes that he has enjoyed taking the responsibility of changing the company’s production areas. This included developing global sourcing capabilities and world-class manufacturing efficiency. “When I joined Alo, we started the launch of our new front-end loader program,” he says, noting that he drove the company to outsource more than it had before and set up line production. His new steps have allowed the company to have overall equipment SPRING 2010 Changing Directions Hoover says he has enjoyed working under Alo’s leadership. “It’s been a positive experience to work for the

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