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Shields Manufacturing Inc.

West

Shields Manufacturing will need to keep growing to
meet its customers' needs.
"Right now, we're kind of constrained on building
size," he says, noting that the company also wants to
grow its second shift staff.
"We're trying to add more people so that they would be
able to run our machines longer," he says. "We've also invested in machines that would be able to run unattended."

Ramping Up
shields manufacturing has scaled
up its operations in response to
demand while maintaining a high
level of quality.

"We've got a guy that shows them the ropes, what's expected and what's not expected," Shields says. "They'll
give us feedback about what's coming off the floor."
Experienced veterans also teach them about the inspection process, which requires employees to examine
parts at every step of the manufacturing process. This
allows the company to find an issue early on "instead of
trying to catch it later," Shields says.

Shields is proud of his 26-year-old company. "We've been
able to scale up the company and maintain its reputation
as a quality machine shop," he says.
"When most companies do that, they lose a piece of the
puzzle," he says. "As long as we continue doing that well,
we'll more than likely maintain [our] niche."
He sees a strong future for Shields Manufacturing,
which plans to grow by 50 percent over the next three
years. "Our customers are expecting 2018 to be huge, and
we're seeing that ramp up, currently," Shields says. mt

Ready to Go
Shields Manufacturing maintains a surplus of products
to meet its clients' needs. "Our customers buy the same
products over and over again," Shields says.
"We hold inventory so when they need something in a
hurry, we can ship them and get them out of a bind," he
explains. "We constantly have everything on hand."
This system works better for Shields Manufacturing
than waiting for the order to build the product, Shields
says. "There's no way we'd be able to produce the volume
of parts [they need]," he says.

Keeping Pace
The semiconductor market is growing at a rapid pace,
which enabled Shields Manufacturing to enjoy growth
over the past few years. In 2013, Shields notes, the company grew by 48 percent and moved to its current location.
"In 2014, we grew by 17 percent and in 2015, it was 31
percent," he says. Shields Manufacturing also has doubled its footprint and added a second business unit to fill
its clients' computer chip needs. This business performs
a plating process on the chips. "They put the copper layer
on the circuitry patterns and add transistors to make it
configured to be used for an application," Shields says.
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