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Shields Manufacturing Inc.
www.shieldsmfg.com / HQ: Tualatin, Ore. / Employees: 130+ / William Shields, president:
"We've been able to develop a process to make these parts fairly consistently."

West

One to Rely On

shields manufacturing clients can count on it in
a pinch for the parts they need. by alan dorich

shields manufacturing has
nurtured a culture of quality,
and employees regularly
inspect its products.

Shields Manufacturing Inc. sets
itself apart by doing things differently from its competitors, President
William Shields says. For example, he
notes, "There's not a lot of shops that
machine plastics effectively."
But Shields Manufacturing can and
applies the same skill to metals. "Some
of the products we make in the metals
side are not easily made in high production quantities," he says. "We've
developed processes to do that."
Based in Tualatin, Ore., Shields Manufacturing specializes in CNC machining and turning and mechanical/optical
assembly for clients in the semicon88

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ductor, medical and aerospace industries. Shields founded the company in
1991 after working for another firm.
His company employs a staff of
more than 130 at a 60,000-squarefoot facility in Tualatin. Shields Manufacturing thrives, he notes, by continually producing quality parts for its
clients, which include Lam Engineering and Applied Materials Inc.
"We've been able to develop a process to make these parts fairly consistently," he says, noting that this makes
it a leader in its niche. "There haven't
been a lot of people [who can] replicate what we do."

To the Floor
Shields Manufacturing has nurtured
a culture of quality in its workplace.
"A lot of that has to do with taking the
quality to the floor and helping the
people understand how to make good
parts," Shields says.
With this focus, "They're not just
loading a material, pushing a button
and hoping for the best," he says, noting that its employees regularly inspect its products. "Typically, if people don't [do] that, they don't usually
last around here."
The company uses a mentorship
system to promote this philosophy.


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