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CLARCOR Air Filtration Products
www.clcair.com / HQ: Jeffersonville, Ind. / Employees: 700 / Doug Griffin, president: "The
leadership team spends a lot of time developing initiatives around improving their environment."

Midwest

Increasing Engagement

clarcor prides itself on improving employee programs, which leads
to a better product and company. by janice hoppe-spiers

clarcor offers more than
100,000 air filtration products
and has a 98 percent on-time
delivery rate.

CLARCOR Air Filtration Products
is one of the big players in the HVAC
industry and the company attributes
its standing to its employees, which
it considers to be the heartbeat of the
company. The company focuses on all
aspects of creating a better working
environment for its employees and is
continuously looking to improve.
"Nothing happens without our
manufacturing folks," President Doug
Griffin says. "Our production people,
shop floor people and customers are 1A
and 1B on the CLARCOR list. We spend
time focusing on the shop floor folks
and the salespeople who are working
with the customers. John [Sikes, vice
president of operations] and I, and the
leadership team spend a lot of time developing initiatives around improving
their environment."
The Jeffersonville, Ind.-based company has been in the business of providing clean air to companies around
the world for more than 60 years.
CLARCOR offers a broad range of
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products with more
than
100,000
SKUs, which are
sold to its customers through
distributors,
and
has a 98
percent
on-time
delivery
rate. "We
serve the
HVAC industry that is a $1.5
billion market in the United
States, which includes residential," Griffin says. "Our
focus is on the commercial, industrial,
clean room and agriculture side of the
business. That represents a little more
than a billion dollars' worth of market
segments to pursue."
CLARCOR brands have a strong history and reputation behind them, having been in the market for more than
60 years. The company's products are
known for their quality, dependability
and reliability because they have been
proven in the market. Its three brands
are Airguard, Air Technologies Inc.
(ATI) and Purolator.
The company recently began supplying filtration products for swine
facilities. "Animal husbandry is an
area that's been relatively new to us
over the last several years and we are
finding it exciting," Griffin notes. "We
filter swine barns that require a very
high level of filtration. CLARCOR
Air's Pur Ag Air Filtration System
takes bacteria and viruses out of the
incoming air so the animals can sur-

vive until they are harvested. It's been
an interesting marketing segment for
us and an area of growth for us."

Employee Buy-In
CLARCOR employees take pride in
their work and have a strong buyin with the company because they
are appreciated by management,
Griffin says. Putting employees and
their safety first is the foundation
of CLARCOR Management Systems
(CMS). "CMS is centered on the
values and behaviors we are striving
to create in our culture," Griffin explains. "Integrity, customer focus,
continuous improvement and recognition are at the heartbeat of all
John's projects and initiatives."
Employees are extensively trained
when hired and each employee has
a training record to ensure they are
properly trained. No one is permitted
to work in an area unless they have
been fully trained in the operation.
CLARCOR's average employee has
worked for the company for more
than 20 years. "We have great employees here," Sikes says. "We show them
the way through our traditional kaizen events, which we do at least once
a month with 10-12 employees.
"The kaizen event teaches them a
different way of thinking to look at
waste reduction or improving velocity," he continues. "We teach them,
give them the tools and then step back.
They take that knowledge and apply it
to their expertise of the products to
make it better. It's their idea and not
ours. It's just a different way of thinking using the lean tools in the factory."


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