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Winsted Precision Ball Co.
www.winball.com / HQ: Winsted, Conn. / Employees: 55 / Specialty: High-precision balls /
Chuck Alicandro, senior VP: "Our real niche is our high quality and our inspection ability."

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Top Precision

winsted precision ball has gained an edge in its market by
applying the lean manufacturing concept. by alan dorich

winsted is one of the top companies
in its niche, serving clients such
as general electric, rolls-royce,
honeywell and pratt & whitney.

When clients buy from Winsted
Precision Ball Co., they can be sure
they will receive a high-quality product that has been inspected thoroughly. "We have all state-of-the-art
inspection equipment that gives us a
big advantage over our competition,"
Senior Vice President Chuck Alicandro says.
Based in Winsted, Conn., the company manufactures high-precision
balls for multiple applications. Winsted originally started operations in
1942, supplying balls that were used in
ballpoint pens, Alicandro says.
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Over the years, the company continued serving the commercial pen
business. But in the mid-1960s, The
Barden Corp., a leader in super precision ball bearings, purchased Winsted. "They did that because they had
a hard time getting a supplier of high
quality balls," Alicandro says.
Today, the company still operates
under the ownership of Barden, which
itself is part of the Schaeffler Group,
a provider of automotive and industrial products based in Herzogenaurach, Germany. "We're all under the
Schaeffler flag," he says.

Although Winsted is a modestly
sized company, it benefits from being
a part of a large, international firm. "It
has opened us up to new business and
a better supply of capital here at Winsted," Alicandro says.
General Manager Vince Rovinski
agrees. "Since we're part of Schaeffler
Group, we have the ability to not have
to go to other companies to get ball
orders if we need them," he says.

Unique Materials
Winsted stands as one of the top companies in its niche, as it serves clients


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