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Midwest

Acument Global Technologies

"many do a good job
with the alignment of
goals, but often don't
care how they achieve
the goals. the 'how'
is just as important
because how you do
things impacts many
different parts."

clients know acument
for being proactive if
any issue arises.

10 percent in the cost of poor
quality performance areas of scrap,
sorting and customer chargebacks
Acument has realized each year for
the past five years.

Reaching Out
Like many manufacturing firms, Acument is coping with recruitment challenges, McNelis says. "As our workforce ages, getting young people to
consider manufacturing as a career -
specifically in the fastener business -
is becoming more and more of a challenge," he says.
"We try to ensure that we are
competitive as far as wages and
benefits," he says. "We also have an
apprenticeship program to bring on
young people."
The company appears at job fairs
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Being Green

Acument Global Technologies has invested
in sustainable initiatives, Vice President of
Quality Rocky Pinheiro says. "We're trying
to maintain as green of a footprint as we
can," he says.
For example, "We've gone through our
facilities and office area and changed our
overhead lightings systems to save on
energy and save on emissions," he says.

at high schools and colleges "as
much as possible," McNelis says.
"We even have a college graduate-in-training [program]."

Good Things Ahead
Pinheiro, who joined Acument in 2012,
praises the company's level of service.
"We have the greatest working rela-

tionships with our customers," he
says, noting that Acument is known
by its clients for being proactive "if we
have an issue."
This has led many to praise the company, which is as good as any award,
Pinheiro says. "It's always good to get
recognition for a job well done," he says.
McNelis praises Acument's leadership for its commitment to lean, particularly its president and CEO, Patrick Paige. "That [support] trickles
all the way down to the shop floor,"
he says.
Pinheiro sees a strong future for Acument. "One of the things that's been
really invigorating for me was when
Fontana Gruppo purchased us in 2014,"
he recalls. "What they've done with us
since we've been under their umbrella
has been more than amazing."
The parent company has instilled
additional levels of operational discipline and oversight, which will "push
us to really just distance ourselves
from the competition in the years to
come," he says. "I'm really looking
forward to that."
Tascio agrees. "They know what to
do to improve the business with all the
investments that they are making,"
he says, noting that Fontana Gruppo's acquisition in Acument helped
make it the world leader in fasteners.
"I see good things, improvement and
growth [ahead]." mt


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