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Midwest

Wrought Washer Manufacturing

ronment where employees can see a
career for themselves."
Wrought Washer will continue
to remain competitive with an attractive salary and benefits package
and positive culture. "Our goal is to
be one of the best places to work in
Wisconsin," Liter says. "We have positioned ourselves as a growing company which creates opportunities for
our employees."

Adding Value

wrought washer makes its
products in the united states
with steel purchased primarily
from domestic mills.

Because some of its products get
sent out for plating, coating or other secondary operations, Wrought
Washer uses cameras to visually sort
parts to ensure no contamination
is introduced during these processes. "Thirty years ago, if you had a
bad product in the box the customer
threw it out," Liter remembers. "Today, with most applications being
automated, one bad part can shut a
line down. The zero-defect mentality
has really changed the way we are required to do business."

Lean Operations
Wrought Washer has increased its
focus on continuous improvement.
The company hired a continuous improvement champion in 2016 and has
been proactive in changing the culture
among new and existing employees.
"Driving our continuous improvement and quality metrics with a sustained effort to Lean Manufacturing
is key to our continued success," Liter
says. "We have started 5S and Kaizen
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and committed to developing our existing employee skill sets. This has
driven us deeper into root cause analysis using DMAIC and PPM, and helped
us receive multiple supplier awards in
2018. These activities are important
for us to sustain our goal of a commitment to discipline."
Wrought Washer employs about
134 people and remains competitive
in finding new hires. "We have a tight
labor market right now with electronics manufacturer Foxconn coming in
a few miles from our Mt. Pleasant facility and looking for 12,000 employees," Liter says. "It's in the same area
as Amazon, so the employee market
here is challenging."
To combat this issue, Wrought
Washer is working with local high
school and vocational institutions
to attract the next generation. "If
manufacturers have skilled workers
they are keeping them," Liter says.
"Our job is to find quality candidates
and train. Retention then becomes a
function of creating a positive envi-

Wrought Washer grew in revenue by
about 22 percent in 2017. The company
added stamping presses, CNC equipment and visual sorting equipment
last year to keep up with demand.
In December 2017, Wrought Washer acquired the complete line of manufacturing equipment from ITW
Shakeproof for Spring Pins and was
in full production in their Milwaukee
plant at the end of January. The acquisition is a result of continuously
looking for ways to add value and convenience to Wrought Washer's customer base.
Moving forward, Wrought Washer
plans to continue looking for additional acquisitions that will increase
its value with its distribution network. "We sell across all industrial
markets, but primarily industrial
equipment, agriculture and automotive," Liter adds. "Our vision is to
continue to grow and add additional fastener-related products to our
mix and become more important and
valuable to our customer." mt
SWD Inc. specializes in Black Oxide, Passivation,
Phosphating, Dip Spin Coatings, and Fastener Sorting.
SWD is a licensed applicator of Doerken, Magni, and
Yuken Coatings. The Dip Spin equipment at SWD
offers the latest state-of-the-art technology allowing
completely customizable recipes for every part. SWD
offers the industry's largest array of Fastener Sorting
equipment with 40 different machines to detect a wide
variety of defects to achieve nearly 0 PPM for most
characteristics.


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