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"We've added technology and robotics to our operations," Yoko says. "A lot of companies have been around
a long time, but they are hesitant to embrace change. We
have done that not only because our customers require it,
but also because that is the way the industry is going. We
know that since we want to be more efficient, effective
and cost conscious that is the way to go, too."
In addition, the company expects to double its growth
this year. "Like everyone else, we took a hit in 2008 into
2009 during the economic downturn," Kreul says. "However, we have averaged between 10 to 12 percent growth
every year since then. Our expectation this year is to grow
nearly 20 percent. Some of our investment last year, such
as hiring more employees and expanding the warehouse,
was done in preparation for the growth we are anticipating this year."
guttenberg serves clients in a variety
of industries, including automotive,
medical, plumbing, agriculture and
Guttenberg Industries works with many suppliers and
has long-term relationships with the majority of them.
hundreds of different grades of resins because every
product we make is a unique shape and size, and has a
unique function. Though this generates a lot of complexity, our job is to manage that complexity so that our customers can be successful."
In 2016, Guttenberg Industries invested nearly $2 million in equipment, construction and employees. Its new
investments included a 385-ton Niigata injection press,
a 940-ton Toyo injection press, a 12,000-square-foot
building expansion for additional warehouse space, and a
15,000-square-foot parking lot. The parking lot was especially indicative of the company's growth, as employment
has grown to 150 from just over 100 last year.
"Twenty-five of our employees have been here nearly 25
years," Director of Business Development Greg Yoko says.
"Most are in management or high-level positions today,
and not one of them is over 55 years old yet. They started
their careers with us and have grown with the business."
Yoko adds that it is not unusual for the company's employees to know its customers' parts as well as, or even
better, than the customer. "We have people who have
worked with some of our customers' parts longer than
the people working for their company," he says.
Guttenberg Industries sets itself apart from its competition even further by embracing change, like automation.
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