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MINNESOTA FLEXIBLE CORP.
Minn.; Galesburg and Peoria, Ill.; and New
Berlin and Appleton, Wis.
The Grand Rapids location is located
near a customer's manufacturing site and
specializes in fabricating, stocking materials and managing inventory for that client.
"We make sure they have everything they
need for production that day," Kelly says.
MFC gained the locations in Illinois
and Wisconsin following acquisitions of
other companies. In addition to allowing the company greater reach into those
states, the locations offer services including warehousing, fabrication and hydraulic cylinder repair.
'A BETTER ENVIRONMENT'
The company moved into its 75,000square-foot St. Paul facility last year. In addition to giving the company more space
and allowing for better workflow in its production area, the new facility offers better
lighting and higher ceilings than its previous
headquarters. "This is a better environment
for our employees," Larsen says.
The new facility enabled MFC to add to
its tube bending capabilities. The company uses CNC tube-bending equipment to
bend both round and square tubing.
MFC's other manufacturing capabilities include hose fabrication, crimping,
assembly, welding and brazing. Each of its
jobs is tracked through an efficiency management system that records the amount
of time each manufacturing process takes
and measures that against the company's
productivity goals, Larsen notes.
All of the company's products undergo
extensive tests including pressure/burst
testing, helium testing, vacuum testing and
dimensional testing. "We are being pushed
by OEMs to produce zero-defect products,"
Kelly says. "We constantly look at how to
improve our processes to get there."
MFC works with domestic and international suppliers who help it maintain the
high quality of its products. All incoming
materials are inspected and tested as part
of the company's incoming quality control
program, and MFC personnel regularly visits international supplier facilities.
"We keep our list of international suppliers small," Larsen says. "We have a strong
relationship with the ownership group
that controls those companies, and can go
straight to the top to resolve any issues we
may have." q
// LeRoy Plastics, Inc // Established in 1970,
LeRoy Plastics, Inc. is a second generation family
owned company that provides custom molded, extruded, and formed plastics parts and components
for various industries including food service, medical, water treatment, HVAC and general plumbing.
Our goal is to aggressively grow our business by
providing a turnkey solution that is both cost effective and reliable to our customers so that they may
gain a competitive advantage in global markets.
Every employee at LeRoy Plastics is committed
to continual improvement so that we meet our
customers' requirements on time, every time.
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