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Quality Industries

lean processes and investments
in equipment have helped quality
industries reduce lead times by
as much as 25 percent.

The average manufacturing cycle itself is close to five
days from start to finish.
Quality Industries has incorporated technology such
as a combined punch press and laser machine, four robotic welding cells and three automated CNC milling
machines into its manufacturing lines. Swift says the
plant has reduced lead times by as much as 25 percent
through incorporating lean processes and investing in
new equipment. "We've done quite a bit to lean the organization through plant and equipment investment and
reorganization targeted at reducing waste," he adds.

Westward Expansion
ply Quality Industries' anti-corrosion coating, which is
rated for more than 2,500 hours of salt spray resistance.
The speed of Quality Industries' painting process is indicative of the fast response the company strives for. The
standard lead time for larger customers is about 20 days.

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Although it has diversified its customer base, Quality Industries retains close ties with many of its longtime customers. In 2011, it opened a second plant in Denton, Texas, to better supply a nearby Peterbilt facility. For the past
six years, the Denton plant has been a dedicated assembly
operation for just-in-time delivery to Peterbilt.
Capabilities are more limited than at the main La
Vergne facility, with only two punch presses, a laser operation and manual brake presses. However, Quality Industries has begun investing more into the facility in preparation for serving a larger customer base.
Components that were fabricated in La Vergne and
shipped to Peterbilt in Texas were also transferred to
Denton for production and quality benefit. "With our
expansion vision and now extending west, [Denton] is
a strategic advantage for us in supplying customers outside the radius of our Tennessee operations," Swift says.
That location is now a key part of the company's future
in the Southwest. "We definitely want to expand organically with our customer there, which is Peterbilt, but we
also recognize the importance strategically in being located in the western part of the country for the growth that's
happening out that way," Swift says.
Denton sits northeast of Dallas. "When you look at just
the growth around Dallas in general there is a lot of manufacturing movement into that area," Swift says. "We
think it's almost limitless in terms of the opportunities
with different types of industries and customers there."
As its plans are realized, Quality Industries has the
space to grow in Denton to accommodate additional
work. The company is leasing 86,000 square feet of space
in a multi-tenant building, but it has the option to add
another 90,000 square feet of production in the future
to keep pace with demand. "We have plenty of growth opportunity at that Texas location," Swift says. mt


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