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Certified Transmission / HQ: Omaha, Neb. / Employees: 375 / Specialty: Building and repairing transmissions / Peter Fink, president and owner: “There is a high pride factor with this level of responsibility.” In the Driver’s Seat certified transmission is grabbing market share as a result of its focus on quality work. by staci davidson certified transmission says much of its quality is due to the fact that employees take pride in their work. Peter Fink, president, founder and owner of Certified Transmission, explains his company’s warranty policy is simple: “If you have a problem, it’s our problem. If it quits a few thousand miles out of warranty, we’ll fix it. That’s just the way we are.” Further, the firm guarantees that if customers come in once a year for transmission service, they may never have to replace their transmissions. It can make these guarantees, Fink says, because of his confidence in the operation’s quality, employees’ skills and product reliability. Of course, it’s not just Fink who has faith in his company’s products and service. About 30 years ago, Certified Transmission opened in an abandoned two-bay gas station, and since then it has expanded to have three manufacturing plants, 15 retail locations and 20 distributors who bring the company’s products to customers in 14 states. In fact, there is a long waiting list of distributors who want to provide Certified Transmission’s goods, Fink says. It, however, will not add distributors until it has the infrastructure in place to support more business. Speaking with Manufacturing Today, Fink said his hesitancy to fast growth stems from his desire to maintain a consistent level of quality, a focus on treating customers well and a promise to promote good business ethics. Manufacturing Today: How did Certified Transmission get started? Peter Fink: When I was 16 years old, I bought a Hot Rod Firebird and ended up blowing a lot of transmissions. I went to trade school and worked at 58 SPRING 2011

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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