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passion that continues to motivate and
lead us on this journey," Zuspann says.
"We started this transition a little over
a year ago and are pleased with our success to date.
"We have much more to accomplish
and have a strong management team
committed to its ultimate success," he
continues. "The company is still family
owned and operated, and is undergoing
a rather significant business transformation to put into place modern and
robust processes. This includes implementing lean manufacturing processes
throughout our operations."
The company's vendors - or "partners," as H.S. Die calls them - also play
a key role in its operations.
"The quality and timing of the delivery of our products is very crucial, so

we work closely with our vendors to
ensure they deliver us quality materials
in a timely fashion - at a competitive
price," Zuspann explains.
H.S. Die partners with vendors worldwide to source high-quality materials
and components. The company's customers even work directly with its vendors at times to source what they need,
notes Zuspann. "They can negotiate
with our field supplier for what it is they
are exactly looking for," he says.
Another initiative includes sourcing
more materials and components from
lower-cost countries, such as China.
"We began doing this in 2017 to play a
much more active role in sourcing our
materials and components from overseas," Zuspann explains. "We're receiving a lot of pressure on our tooling pric-

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ing and aim to strike a balance between
domestic and foreign suppliers to remain competitive.
"While certain components can be
sourced oversees at a lower cost, there
are also still components that need to
come from the United States."
Zuspann adds that H.S. Die is committed to being a full-service mold
manufacturing organization for its customers, from part feasibility to on-site
support of tooling start-up at customer
locations. Zuspann joined H.S. Die last
year to help guide the company as part of
the new management team. "We have a
strong management team with full support from our ownership to re-establish
H.S. Die as the No. 1 tooling and automation equipment supplier in North America," he concludes. mt

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