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Precision Gasket Co.

material is within dynamic window seals used on military off-road vehicles. The material helped the military
solve an environmental leak issue, allowing operators of
vehicles using the GC Series seals to protect their rugged
electronic equipment inside the vehicle as well as offer an
additional escape route if the vehicle becomes compromised in combat, Mussetter notes.
The company last year greatly enhanced its materials
knowledge when it added a global supply engineering
manager position to its staff. The manager's responsibilities include identifying new material-related technology
and educating manufacturing staff about its use. "This is a
position that is strategic to our vision and business continuity plan," Bower says.

The Right Processes
PGC manufactures products in a 60,000-square-foot
facility in Minneapolis that includes die cutting, digital
laser and knife cutting, and punch press equipment. It
has a robust supply chain that includes extruding and
molding solutions. The company can perform rapid prototyping as well as produce large runs of parts from tooling produced in house.
"Our manufacturing process is very collaborative,"
Mussetter says. "From the time we receive a [request
for quotation] to the time that part makes it to shipping,
it's touching the hands of a lot of folks throughout the
organization starting with the application engineer and
working through our manufacturing engineers, manufacturing staff and quality personnel.
"We utilize our processes to deliver products to our
customers exactly how they ask for them," he adds.
In his position as business process manager, Mussetter
is responsible for ensuring the company's processes "are
in direct alignment with what our customers' expectations are for us and making sure we are following those
processes consistently from A to Z on a day-to-day basis,"
Bower says. Mussetter was promoted last year when the
new position was created.

Midwest

many manufacturing environments, quality is considered the last step, and you don't hear about issues until
it's too late," Bower says. "We place quality at the front
end with our application engineers so we don't get to the
end and see we have a product that won't pass inspection
or meet our customers' quality standards."
PGC's emphasis on quality and customer partnerships
has allowed it to grow year after year. In 2017, the company's revenues grew by 20 percent, Bower notes.
The company continues to invest in its people, processes and capital equipment. Recent investments include adding new punch press equipment to its manufacturing and visual inspection equipment to its quality
lab. The company this year plans to add further capital
equipment and new technology to its manufacturing.
Bower credits the company's growth to its "bottom-up" operational approach, which prioritizes input
from frontline employees rather than executives. "Our
people are the greatest thing we have and are the fabric
to everything we do here," he adds. mt

Upfront Quality
PGC is International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
registered and AS 9100 and ISO 9001 certified. "Our customers are looking for quality across the board, not just
in the product we're delivering to them, but also in our
communications with them, our documentation and our
delivery," Mussetter says.
Quality is emphasized early during manufacturing. "In
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