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iwis drive systems llc

up with a better system, involved
with lean techniques," he says. Driving cost out of the manufacturing system is tantamount to being globally
competitive. iwis strives to increase
efficiency on an incremental basis in
every process.
The U.S. division applies value-add
activities to its manufacturing process, which include digitally saving
the torque value of each assembled
attachment chain. If a customer
wants to check it, iwis drive systems
can with the product's serial number.
"We can go back ... [and see that] the
chain was assembled with the proper
torque values," he says.

Ready to Ship

iwis drive systems believes
its growth is the result of
its willingness to innovate
and improve products.

iwis drive systems is coping with increased customer service expectations, Egenolf says. "When you look at
the way our world is operating, people
really expect everything to be on the
shelf like at a Walmart," he says.
"You always have to have inventory on your shelf for people who need
things now," he says. "Our challenge
is to have the right product on the
shelf and manage that inventory effectively to get people their orders."
The company manages this by staying closely connected with its clients
through interactive planning meetings, Egenolf says. If the client undergoes a design change, "You've got to
try and sell it before they go to the new
design," he adds. "We try not to load
up on an inventory of old parts."

Willing to Innovate
Egenolf has extensive industry expertise. He started with a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue
University and then obtained his
MBA from Indiana University. He
worked for General Motors for five
years, and also held roles at MAR92

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"when you look at the
way our world is operating, people really
expect everything to
be on the shelf like at
a walmart. you always
have to have inventory on your shelf."
POSS and W.W. Grainger Inc. He
also managed Egenolf Industrial
Group Inc., his family's business.
He is proud of his 12 years at iwis
drive systems, as it has served some
of the largest Fortune 500 OEMs in
the United States.
"We can meet their requirements
at a very high level, even at the point
of developing and creating new
product programs," he says.
"Our growth as a business has
demonstrated that we're willing to innovate and give customers better products," he says. "Our growth demonstrates that we're doing our job."
iwis drive systems' future depends
on the current political climate,
Egenolf says. "The United States is
under pressure to create jobs," he
says. "A lot of jobs have gone back
to Asia, but some of the current political rhetoric is that they want to
bring more manufacturing back to
the United States. The agricultural
market has also contracted significantly with the loss of Section 179
benefits and the low grain prices
worldwide. The opportunity for
growth will be developing new markets with new products.
"Some of the manufacturers are
coming back here because they want
to be closer to their customers," he
says. "If that happens, I think we will
see growth." mt


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