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Acument Global Technologies
www.acument.com / HQ: Sterling Heights, Mich. / Employees: 2,000+ / Rocky Pinheiro, vice
president of quality: "You'll find our parts in almost every car, truck or van made on the planet."

Midwest

acument uses minor and major
kaizen events to regularly
improve its operations.

Right on Track

lean initiatives have made acument's
manufacturing more efficient. by alan dorich
Acument Global Technologies
may be known for its fasteners, but
it also solves problems. "We have a
very experienced and knowledgeable engineering staff, not only at
our plant, but also our corporate
level to help customers with solutions," Vice President of Quality
Rocky Pinheiro says.
Based in Sterling Heights, Mich.,
Acument provides fastening systems
and engineered products to automotive manufacturers including Ford
Motor Co., General Motors, Chrysler
and Volkswagen. The company began
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in the 1950s and '60s as CamCar and
Ring Screw Fastening systems. These
units were combined over time by
Textron into one large company under Textron Fastening Systems.
In 2006, Pinheiro says, Textron sold
all of its fastener plants to Platinum
Equity LLC, leading to the formation
of Acument. Eight years later, it was
sold to Fontana Gruppo, an industrial
company based in Italy.
Along with serving the Big Three,
"We're directly or indirectly into almost every other automotive manufacturer," Pinheiro says. "You'll find

our parts in just about every car, truck
or van made on the planet."
The company also serves the aerospace market, as well as clients such as
John Deere, Caterpillar and the U.S.
Department of Defense. "We also do
work in the building and construction
industry," he says.
This variety benefits Acument, Vice
President of Supply Chain Reginaldo Tascio says. "When one market is
down, another is better," he says. "We
are able to sustain ourselves."

Down the Lean Road
Acument has a strong commitment
to lean enterprise. In fact, this was
one of the reasons Fontana Gruppo
purchased the company two and half
years ago, Vice President of Lean Enterprise Tim McNelis says.
"We've been down the lean road for


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