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Bermingham Foundation Equipment / 2010 revenues: $50 million / HQ: Hamilton, Ontario / Employees: 200 / George Micevski, plant manager: “Every day, it is instilled in the employees to do anything you can do to make it better, faster or safer.” ‘Better, Faster, Safer’ bermingham foundation solutions relies on its ‘ lean team’ for continuous improvement. by brian salgado bfs specializes in marine construction as well as the production of custom foundation equipment. A foundation solutions company doesn’t remain in business more than 110 years by sitting idly by and accepting the status quo as good enough. In fact, Bermingham Foundation Solutions (BFS) continues to evolve to stay at the top of the piling equipment industry. These days, the company has embraced lean manufacturing techniques in every department to pass savings on to its construction clients. George Micevski, plant manager, says an engaged work force is key to the success of his “lean team,” which has been in place for about a year and a half. 114 SPRING 2011 “Every day, it is instilled in the employees themselves through an employee suggestion program to do anything you can do to make it better, faster or safer,” he says. BFS was founded in 1897 with its first contract coming from the Canadian Pacific Railway. This project cemented BFS’s role in the construction of infrastructure throughout Canada. Today, BFS operates as a united company housing two business units. Bermingham Construction – the original firm – specializes in deep foundation and marine construction in Canada. Bermingham Foundation Equipment manufactures custom foundation equipment for a global client base. Bermingham Foun dation Equipment was established in 1969 and has grown into an industry leader. Its products include the Berminghammer line of diesel pile driving hammers, reverse-circulation drills, lead systems and a variety of custom foundation equipment. Lean Times Micevski doesn’t hesitate when he describes BFS’s equipment as the best in America and, possibly, the world. While his company’s products aren’t the most modestly priced

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011
Business Value
Supply Chain
Patriot Forge Co.
Reading Bakery Systems
The South African Mint Co.
GCX Corp.
Jay Industries Inc.
Johnson Electric Coil Co.
Certified Transmission
Olhausen Billiards
Pace Industrues
RTI Claro
The Testor Corp.
Restonic Matresses
Advanced Automation
Anadigics Inc.
Hermes Cones & Snack Manufacturers
JR Automation Technologies LLC
Prodomax Automation Inc.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
New England Ropes
Berger Paints Trinidad Ltd.
Air Tractor
Artisans Inc.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Bowers Manufacturing Co.
Ferti Technologies
Industrial Acoustics
Morton Industries
Presstek Inc.
Ranco Fertiservice Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011