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best plan of entry," Ens says. "We've
been investigating alternative options
for the last 18 months."
The company's other manufacturing
capabilities include laser welding, precision machining, parts finishing, grinding, balancing, tooling and metal joining. Its manufacturing facilities include
multiple large-bed, automated transfer
presses ranging between 800 and 2,000
tons and an increasing quantity capability for flow form production.

Growth and Expansion
In September 2016, TransForm celebrated the launch of its new facility in Shelby
Township, Mich. The 150,000-squarefoot facility manufactures several highly
sophisticated components and assemblies for nine- and 10-speed automatic

transmissions that allow for greater fuel
efficiency and lower emissions. TransForm says the flow-formed aluminum
housing for the 10R/10L transmissions
is a great example of its advanced metal-forming capabilities.
A further expansion of the massive
new facility is slated to begin prior to
2020. Since its founding in 1997, "we've
pretty much opened a new facility every
five years," Ens says.
In addition to the Shelby Township
location, the company operates two facilities in Sterling Heights, Mich., and
a third in London, Ontario. Among its
four locations, TransForm employs
roughly 300 workers.
TransForm is owned by Means Industries, headquartered in Saginaw, Mich.
Means Industries is a division of Amsted

Industries, based in Chicago. Amsted
is a diversified global manufacturer of
industrial components serving the railroad, vehicular, construction and building markets.

Building Blocks
When it comes to its manufacturing and
operating philosophies, TransForm operates by three core building blocks.
One of these building blocks is the
company's 5S program, which is a
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