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Johnson Electric Coil Co. / Sales: $9 million / HQ: Antigo, Wis. / Employees: 80 / Bill Bockes, president, CEO and co-owner: “Lean manufacturing has created a work force that’s far more invested and interested in their daily activities here.” johnson electric coil designs and manufactures custom transformers and inductors. Positive Change lean manufacturing allows johnson electric coil to be “ successfully small.” by jim harris Johnson Electric Coil Co.’s ownership and management believe in attracting new clients while keeping to the company’s roots as a small, family-owned manufacturer. “We’ve been effective in attracting new business, but our goal is to be what we call ‘successfully small,’” says Bill Bockes, president, CEO and co-owner of the Antigo, Wis.-based company. “We know who we are and what our niche is; our goal is to keep jobs in Antigo, stay family-owned and not go beyond the parameters of what makes us successful.” The company designs, engineers and manufactures custom transform54 SPRING 2011 Antigo in 1979. It is now in its third generation of family ownership. Manufacturing Process Johnson Electric Coil produces custom products for each of its customers. “We can provide transformer expertise for someone designing a product,” Bockes says. “We can produce all the transformer components that go into an OEM’s products.” The company produces all of its components in its 42,000-squarefoot plant in Antigo. “We focus our efforts on engineering and manufacturing,” Bockes says. “We have a staff of five engineers, an administrative staff of five people, and everyone else is involved in manufacturing; we keep our administrative overhead costs low.” Johnson Electric Coil’s manufacturing process starts with winding coils on one of its winding machines. ers, autotransformers and inductors for the power protection, machine tool, welding, robotics, medical instrumentation and medical equipment suite industries. Johnson Electric Coil was founded in the Chicago area in 1934 by Lawrence Johnson, who began by repairing neon transformers in his basement. When World War II broke out, Johnson – who by that time had established a factory – was called upon to build transformers for the U.S. military. After the war, the company completely transitioned into manufacturing, and the operation moved to

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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