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SMITHCO ENGINEERING INC.

FALL 2015
THE PIPELINE & ENERGY EXPO

Today, companies such as Airtech
Products Inc. and The Unlaub Co.
are aware of Smithco's schedule and
provide key support. Airtech, for example, "supplies louvers as demand
requires," he says. "Their customer
support and interest in Smithco is
second to none."
Unlaub provides several key components of Smithco's heat exchangers, including motors, belts, sheaves
and shafts. "Unlaub is able to package all components for an air-cooler,
palletize the parts and shrink-wrap
the assembly," he says. "Everything
is clearly labeled and delivered to
our dock when we call for it."
With these relationships, Smithco avoids stocking inventory and
utilizes just-in-time services. "The
concept is that nothing is going to
sit around here too long," Edwards
says. "We've built our business
around not having a warehouse."
	 Smithco also has implemented
lean manufacturing practices, which
"is a project that has continuous
development," Edwards says.

"This includes software development and automation to key investments in capital expenditures," he
says, noting that Smithco expects
to continue gaining marketshare.
"We've done a great job of going out
and developing our customer base.

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"As the team continues to develop
their abilities, they will go out and
get more marketshare," Edwards
predicts. "We will also always need
our suppliers, with the continual
growth and improvements we make
every month." EMI

PLANS	FOR	GROWTH
Although the gas industry has
matured, "Smithco has continued
to perform well," Edwards says.
"We have turned our attention into
optimizing our processes and making sure we are looking for ways to
improve our product.

+	The	Unlaub	Company is a leading integrator of
best in class Electro-Mechanical products for the
OEM and Aftermarket consumer. Unlaub offers
a host of services including engineering support,
specification review, custom kitting/packaging,
proactive order status reports and inventory management to support lean manufacturing efforts.
The Unlaub team focuses on the unique mix of
engineering and products our customers require
in their applications. We like the term "transmissioneering," and work hard to bring understanding and value to each unique customer equation.
"The main thing I appreciate about UNLAUB is that anyone
on our team can call them with any issue related to motors, bearings or drives and the guys at UNLAUB ALWAYS
do whatever they can to solve our problem. And they
genuinely, without exception seem happy to help. I know
this because we call them all of the time."
Unlaub Customer

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