Manufacturing Today - May/June 2017 - 101
KWS Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
www.kwsmfg.com / HQ: Burleson, Texas / Employees: 150 / Bill Mecke, president and CEO:
"We can make decisions that would go against what others normally would be doing."
kws has a reputation as a top manufacturer
in its market. by alan dorich
kws says its products "are
used in pretty much every major industry that processes a
After 45 years, KWS Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has a broad reach within
its customer base. "That's the beautiful part of our business," President
and CEO Bill Mecke declares. "The
products that we sell are used in pretty
much every major industry that processes a bulk material."
Based in Burleson, Texas, KWS
manufactures conveying equipment
for clients that include the agriculture, food, wastewater and alternative
fuels markets. The company started
operations in 1972, but Mecke and a
partner bought it in 2003.
Prior to the acquisition, Mecke
worked for a competing conveyor
manufacturer and earned his degree
as a mechanical engineer. "My previous background was in engineering
and what we would call engineered
sales, which was larger, more complex
project work," he says. He has applied
this experience to KWS.
Today, the company's products include screw and belt conveyors, bucket
elevators, screw feeders and live bottoms. Recently, KWS reengineered
some of its older products for its clients, including its thermal processors.
"We've done the same thing with
bucket elevators and drag conveyors,"
Mecke says. "We made them more
cost effective so we can lower our selling price and provide more value for
125,000-square-foot location in
Burleson and has several stocking
locations across the country. "We're
in the process of [adding] a stocking
location in the southern California
area," he says.
Through Tough Times
Mecke has guided KWS during difficult economic times, including the
great recession of 2008 and 2009.
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