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Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC.

gets, continuously asking whether this move would
make sense for the company. The team is charged with
looking at Cambridge-Lee's internal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and acting on synergistic and complementary opportunities.
"Modesty is one of our core values," Funk says. "We are
upfront about what we know and don't know. We don't
want to enter into an opportunity with arrogance. Rather, how can we capitalize on our combined value or is this
a company that complements us because they do something well we don't? We don't want to destroy that. We
try to learn from each other and add our skills synergistically. That's the business development and acquisition
focus. We take our time to find the right opportunity."
In the spirit of seizing opportunity and improving its
operations, the company recently conducted an employee survey to put a list of action items together for the
leadership. "We are holding ourselves accountable to report to our employees how we are doing," Funk says. "Areas to improve include bolstering our training programs,

with its new cast-and-roll
facility, cambridge-lee
manufactures everything
to order.

enhancing our communication cadence and upgrading
areas of our facilities."
Cambridge-Lee will continue to invest $5 million to $7
million annually in its operations to ensure it upgrades
operations, automates and makes improvements where
needed, Funk says. "Our manufacturing score cards list
about 30 different projects with outcome measurements
in yield, throughput and uptime that are underway or
planned," she explains. "We are working on seven projects now and once one is completed another one gets
picked up."
Cambridge-Lee plans to continue to focus on growth
through its new product and processes committee and
its business development team. "We have a culture of
continuous improvement in terms of our customers, expanding our business and product offering, improving
our employees' experience and driving operational excellence," Funk says. mt
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