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Loc Performance Products Inc.
Loc spent a year pitching the company before persuading BAE to switch
its supplier. After taking over the process, Loc moved all the assembly and
processes for the planetary speed reducers to its own facility. By having total control over the part, Loc provided
BAE Systems with 100 percent on-time
delivery and a better than 99 percent
Atkinson promises that 2017 will be a
year of significant growth for Loc. The
company is pursuing an acquisition that
could soon double its size. Even without the acquisition, Loc is on pace for
aggressive expansion as a result of the
Bradley Fighting Vehicle contract and
its push toward industrial customers.
"right now we're literally bursting at the
seams and have no space
left in our current manufacturing footprint."
- Jason Atkinson
Some of that growth is coming from
its overseas customers. Loc participates
in the Foreign Military Sales program,
which allows it to sell defense components to select foreign countries and
international organizations. In recent
years, Loc has supplied track, suspension
arms and road wheels for M1 Abrams
tanks to Morocco, and it has other customers in Spain, Turkey and Australia.
Its growing customer base has put
more stress on Loc's manufactur-
ing capacity. To accommodate the
demand, the company is pursuing a
60,000-square-foot addition at its production facility. The addition will likely house equipment for large assembly
work that supports customers such as
BAE Systems and Caterpillar.
"Right now we're literally bursting at
the seams and have no space left in our
current manufacturing footprint," Atkinson says.
Atkinson is confident Loc will handle the changes as it expands. "We're
pretty much not afraid to take on any
challenge or any program. When we
identify an opportunity or industry we
want to get involved in, we get together
at every level and it's a team effort," he
says. "We've never taken on a job that
we didn't deliver." mt
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