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KTR USA / Headquarters: Michigan City, Ind. / Employees: 75 / Specialty: Power transmission components / Bill Ketcham, CEO: “What we make is not a commodity – we are really an engineering company.” Domestic Strength with the backing of its global parent and equipped with a well-established quality program, ktr usa is seeing substantial growth. by staci davidson The fact that more manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to U.S. soil from overseas markets it good news for the manufacturing industry as a whole, but KTR in particular is excited about the growth it can bring for its company. As a global operation, KTR can serve its clients on a local or regional basis, according to their location. Additionally, its quality program ensures that regardless of the location that creates the product or component, customers’ exacting standards are met. “More domestic companies need local supply and we are serving European companies that locate here because of the currency fluctuation and supply chain efficiencies,” says Bill Ketcham, CEO of KTR USA. “There are a lot of big companies moving a lot of production back to the United States. As a global company, we are very attractive to big companies because they can source consistent products from our entire operation. “MBK stands for Made By KTR – it is our internal quality program that helps us maintain the exact same standards worldwide,” he adds. “This is how we support global manufacturers.” KTR USA is based in Michigan City, Ind., but the global operation stems from Germany and has a global manufacturing, sales and support network in 21 countries, as well as more than 40 subsidiary companies that support its operation. With more than 50 power transmission specialists on staff at KTR USA, the company provides precision machining of couplings and power transmission components. “We have well more than 2,000 active customers,” Ketcham says. ktr usa has more than 50 power transmission specialists on staff, serving its diverse customer base. “Different markets have different channels to market, and we can go from serving mobile construction sites to direct to OEMs. Supply chain management is one of our major services and our customers require a minimum of 98 percent on-time shipping, so that’s what we deliver. We manufacture to customers’ stock and tailor materials management to other OEMs. What we make is not a commodity – we are really an engineering company.” Ongoing Improvements KTR USA serves the North American, Central American and Caribbean markets and maintains a high level of quality by being “very, very heavily into lean manufacturing,” Ketcham says. In addition to its operation being ISO 9001:2008 certified, KTR USA is focused on value-stream mapping and reducing scrap. It tracks scrap reduced by machine and by operator, and tracks the metrics between manufacturing functions. WINTER 2012 103

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
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Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
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Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012