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companies - including larger companies - which adds
fresh eyes and best practice opportunities. Strategically,
this is an important part of what we're trying to do.
"We feel we are very customer focused," Swift continues. "We feel that we are smaller in size in terms of the
number of employees, but large in capability and very
proud of the fact that we do have a lot of senior employees on the floor with a lot of experience. The experience
is important when you consider the amount of SKU complexity that we manage. There is a significant amount of
craftsmanship that goes into producing the quality our
Swift himself joined the company in 2015 as director of
operations after more than 30 years in the metal fabrication industry. Quality Industries was an appealing change
for Swift because of the company's growth expectations.
"The vision on how to grow the business fit my personal
interests as well as my background," he explains.
In the past two years, Swift has dedicated himself to improving the company's lean implementation by tackling
material flow, eliminating waste, better utilizing labor and
putting controls around labor and capacity management.
of capabilities. The company offers engineering, press,
paint and assembly services - creating a complete package that has earned Quality Industries honors as one
of The Fabricator's Fab 40 the past three years. "When
you look at our core competencies, we are very much a
full-service supplier," Swift says.
Quality Industries' main campus in La Vergne, Tenn.,
consists of three building totaling 267,000 square feet.
The facility houses 5,000-watt carbon dioxide lasers for
accurate sheet metal cutting, 60 manual welding stations, 12 CNC punching machines, 17 CNC press brakes
capable of bending forces up to 253 tons and stamping
presses with a maximum capacity of 600 tons.
In addition to its engineering and fabrication capabilities, the facility has powder and wet spray coating lines.
The powder coating equipment can paint 18 feet a minute
in a wide window and has quick changeover, making color
changes in only 10 minutes. Further, the process can ap-
When Robert and Georgianna Russell founded Quality
Industries in 1972, they started off supplying deep fryer
systems to Colonel Sanders. The company soon expanded into the heavy truck industry by supplying components to Peterbilt Trucks, then located in nearby Madison, Tenn. Today, the company fabricates component
parts and subassemblies for a variety of customers.
"The types and flexibility of our core manufacturing
processes allow us to reach into many types of industries," Swift says. Quality Industries' competency is
centered on aluminum welding and fabrication, but
it can work with rolled steel as well. Those metals are
utilized by manufacturers within the alternative and
renewable energy, electrical enclosure, air handling,
heavy trucking, power generation and transmission, recovery equipment and telecommunications fields.
Serving a wide range of industries and markets is a key
part of Quality Industries' strategy. "The mission of the
company is to continue to add diversification to its customer base," Swift says. By balancing the diversity of its
customers, Quality industries protects itself from cyclical downturns impacting any one industry.
Quality Industries can cater to such a diverse group
of customers because it has invested in an extensive list
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