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BBS Automation Chicago Inc. (BBSC)

continues. "That's why we started an
apprentice program where we take
recent high school graduates and educate them in the art of customized
machine building. So we train them
and hope that they stay in the industry. We like to home-grow our people;
that's very important to us."
BBS Automation further sets itself
apart from competitors by catering to
its international customers on a local
level. "Some customers that we work
with have locations in Asia or Europe,"
Staunton explains. "For them we can
engineer a product and then deploy
that system into other regions of the
world. So we can not only help our
customers but, for example, also be
very competitive supporting a United States-based customer by building
them a production machine for them
here in America, for America. Then
we'll build in China for China. We
serve our customers locally and that's
not something everyone does."

Seeing Growth
When it comes to its customers,
BBS Automation supports them and
is growing right along with them,
Staunton notes proudly.
"We're very selective as to which
projects we involve ourselves with,"
he explains. "We like to get involved
in complex, high-volume projects that
bring value to our customers. Year after year, our growth plan expands and
consistently supports our customers.
That's really what we focus our service on: delivering world-class solutions to make them successful, which
in turn helps us grow."
BBS Automation also says its suppliers play an invaluable role in its
growth. "Our suppliers are very much
a key part of our delivery to our customers," Staunton says. "Over the
years we have developed very strate-

Midwest

bbs automation takes pride
in the value it brings to
customers, as well as its record
of employee satisfaction.

gic relationships with our suppliers.
So we share our pipeline deals, allow
them to see what we're quoting and
what they're forecasted, so they can
also prepare for components and the
things that we need."
In addition, the company's new facility in Bartlett, Ill., was built this year
with room for expansion. "The facility
was designed around building customized automation and to increase
the collaboration among our departments within the company, which is
immensely beneficial," Staunton says.
BBS plans to add 100 employees at
the Bartlett facility in 2017. "We plan
to gain it through the pipeline we have
right now and are working very closely with our customers to understand
their needs," Staunton explains. "As I
mentioned, as our customers grow so
will we. So to support that need I have
to ensure that I make that investment
and have the people to be able to support that growth."
One way BBS Automation plans on

supporting that growth is by taking on
more apprentices this year, which is a
very high priority for the company, according to Staunton.
"Once they graduate and come on
board, they will be distributed over
a number of departments, including
the machinery, tool making, engineering and design," he says. "So there are
multiple opportunities for kids coming out of school, and that's how we'll
put that headcount into place. It coincides with my mantra: If you want to
eat good vegetables you have to grow
them yourself."
Ultimately, BBS Automation is most
proud of the value it brings to its customers and the satisfaction of its employees. "Those two things for us come
first," Staunton concludes. "We pride
ourselves on being privately owned and
not having the pressure of a stock market to perform. We measure our success
by a satisfied customer seeing value in
what we offer and a satisfied, motivated
workforce that is growing." mt
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