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Top Training

Ohmite Manufacturing Co., Davies Molding LLC and ARCOL provide extensive training to their employees, Vice President of Marketing Derran
Smith says. "We require over 80 hours a year of safety, technical skills
and legal compliance training," he says.
"All managers that are promoted go to outside courses on how to
be a better supervisors," he adds. "It's not just us saying, 'Here's your
new job.'"
The companies also support employees who show a willingness
to learn more and grow their skills, Smith adds. "We will send those
that qualify to specialized training such as tooling maintenance, 3-D
modeling and programming. The more skills and versatility employees
demonstrate lends to greater earnings potential."

culture shift," Smith explains, noting that the companies
adopted practices that include daily walks through their
plants to identify and eliminate waste.
"We're not all the way there yet, but from where we were,
it's a significant improvement," he says. "You can see it in the
pride of the employees. The workstations are clean.
"Our work flows better without having to add any more
people," he adds.

Product Partners
Ohmite, Davies and ARCOL's suppliers have contributed
to their success, Smith says. One example is the Hanau,
Germany-based Heraeus Group, which provides Ohmite
with resistive inks to make thick film resistors. "We're
constantly working with them on new product development," he says.
Davies has a long history with Plastics Engineering Co.
(Plenco), a firm based in Sheboygan, Wis. "They provide
so many materials which have great high-heat and dielectric properties, which lend themselves fantastically into
the electronics and plastics spaces we target," Smith says.
Smith adds that he is proud of how Ohmite, Davies and
ARCOL have united over the past four months. "There's
definitely a lot of upside as these mature companies are
able to reinvent themselves," he says. "We can start leveraging our experience from the product space and
combine the manufacturing capabilities to create products we haven't even thought of yet."
The three also are planning to grow. "We've already
started talking about making an acquisition into something that adds strategic value," he says. "We want a company ... that can complement any or all of our product
lines and we can collaborate with trusted channel partners that we've been successful with already." mt
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