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Loc Performance Products Inc.
grinders, hobs, shapers, coating equipment and assembly applications. To support those machines and
provide full service, Loc has a team of in-house designers
that develop all of the final drives for military vehicles.
As the company grows, Loc continues to invest in its
capabilities, including quality. Precision and durability
are critical for vehicles, especially military vehicles that
must withstand difficult terrain and extreme temperatures. Loc ensures good quality by following the latest
ISO/TS16949 standards from the International Automotive Task Force in addition to being ISO 9001 and AS
But in many cases, it strives to go beyond those standards. The company uses PC-DMIS software along with
touch probe and scanning technology to measure manufacturing precision, while its newly built metallurgical lab can check material quality and its paint lab can
perform salt spray testing and coating validation. "If we
have the ability to manufacture that part we have the
ability to inspect it," Atkinson says.
from left to right: coo jason
atkinson, president lou burr,
sen. gary peters, chief
program officer chad darr.
Implementing lean philosophies and systems allowed
Loc to challenge other global automotive suppliers,
but it also led to better defense contracts, such as the
agreement to modernize the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The contract requires Loc to manufacture parts, provide field service repairs, conduct installations, provide training to soldiers and perform a 10-kilometer
road test for each upgraded vehicle. The company is
performing the upgrades at Fort Hood in Texas, Fort
Bliss in Texas, Fort Carson in Colorado, Fort Stewart in
Georgia and Fort Riley in Kansas.
Extensive contracts such as the one for the Bradley
upgrades are typically awarded to OEMs. But when the
military issued the request for proposal, Loc chose to be
aggressive and go after the contract. Still, it was a long
shot and Atkinson admits he was shocked when the military selected Loc.
Cost and service quality ultimately made Loc the
leading bidder. The company submitted the lowest
price for the upgrades, but its past performance on defense projects also gave military brass confidence that
it would follow through. Loc's newly implemented ERP
gave the company an edge in demonstrating to the
Kasper Industries Inc. is a precision CNC manufacturing facility. Since 1953, this
family-owned company has evolved with technology from a Tool & Die shop to the
CNC machining industry. We produce premium wheel hub units for the automotive
aftermarket under the name Wheel Bearings, Inc. (WBI), as well as CNC machining
for other companies, one of which, we are pleased to mention is Loc Performance.
Kasper Industries has a longstanding relationship with Loc Performance and their
outstanding machining facility/company. We look forward to what the future holds for
Loc Performance as they grow and Kasper Industries as we grow with them.
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