Manufacturing Today - May/June 2017 - 44
Loc Performance Products Inc.
www.locperformance.com / Revenue: $118 million / HQ: Plymouth, Mich. / Employees: 260 /
Jason Atkinson, COO: "If we have the ability to manufacture that part we have the ability to inspect it."
loc performance products' quality manufacturing saved the military $220
million and is drawing the attention of commercial customers. by tim o'connor
loc performance produces
components for tracked
vehicles such as the m1
Like many growing manufacturers, Loc Performance Products
Inc. needs skilled labor. The Michigan-based defense contractor and
commercial product producer can
invest in its equipment and customer
base, but its true challenge is finding
experienced workers for its manufacturing equipment. "In our industry, trying to find machinists is very
tough," COO Jason Atkinson says.
"It's not something that's pushed at
the high school level any more."
manufacturing-today.com MAY/JUNE 2017
Loc has experienced strong growth
the past several years. It was a $45 million company in 2014 before the U.S.
Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command awarded Loc a $161
million defense contract to upgrade
aging Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Since
then, Loc reached record sales of $118
million in 2016 and is projecting to hit
$140 million this year.
Accommodating that increase in
business requires employees - the
company had 50 open positions as
of April - so Loc has made efforts to
improve its recruitment. The company collaborated with colleges such
as Henry Ford Community College
and Schoolcraft College to develop
a two-year apprenticeship program
that provides on-the-job training
alongside classroom work. The program has since been recognized on
the federal level.
Some prospective workers aren't
interested in the community college
experience. For those people, Loc