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Hatch Stamping Company
Midwest

www.hatchstamping.com / HQ: Chelsea, Mich. / Employees: 1,200+ / Dan Craig, president
and COO: "We attribute our success to understanding and focusing on customer needs."

Built to Last

hatch stamping celebrates 65 years of growth
and innovation. by kat zeman
When it comes to longevity, businesses with staying power have three
traits in common: customer focus, a
willingness to enter uncharted territory and a relationship with the communities in which they operate.
Hatch Stamping Company has operated under this philosophy for more
than six decades.
A manufacturer of highly engineered metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive industry,
Hatch Stamping is celebrating its 65th
anniversary this year.
"We're very proud of our longevity," President and COO Dan Craig
says. "We attribute our success to
understanding and focusing on customer needs, along with vertical integration and investment in technology
to support those needs. Ultimately,
though, I believe it's our commitment
to integrity and the communities in
which we work that forms our strong
foundation. We've achieved growth
without sacrificing the values our
company was founded on."
The company indicates that 95 percent of all vehicles manufactured in
North America today contain a part
from Hatch Stamping. Though its
bread and butter are metal stampings and assemblies, Hatch Stamping
also offers a variety of manufacturing
services that include e-coating, tool
design, prototyping, progressive die
manufacture and automated assembly and robotic weld cells.
The company focuses primarily on supplying metallic parts that
are complex, highly engineered and

hatch stamping strives
to be a solution provider
and evolve along with
its customers.

require extensive value-added services, Craig explains.

Evolving Through Time
Hatch Stamping attributes some of
its success to its ability to evolve.
"Our goal is to be a solution provider, from design to production,"
Craig says. "We are providing advanced engineering support for all
of our customers' stamped metallic
requirements, eliminating the need
to source services from multiple providers. The idea is to add more value
to the customer than simply being a
contract manufacturer."
Hatch provides solutions for customers in need of roofing, fuel systems, chassis systems, interior structures, braking systems, seating and a
number of other segments. To continue evolving its technology, the company has developed Centers of Excel-

lence - specific facilities dedicated to
innovation and improvement of processes and products.
"This is a feature that's unique in
the industry, and one that contributes to our reputation of industry
excellence," Craig says. The company uses the facilities to build its own
assembly equipment and transfer
systems and progressive dies. That
includes engineering, designing,
building, integrating, programming
and troubleshooting various projects. By evaluating and implementing new technologies like 3-D printing, laser scanning, linear transfer
and laser welding, Hatch Stamping
can shorten time-to-production and
produce higher quality results.
The company also differentiates itself from its competitors by pursuing
growth organically. "This has allowed
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