Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012 - (Page 140)

DAP Products Inc. / Headquarters: Baltimore / Employees: 700+ / Specialty: Caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products / Tim Kinser, VP of operations: “I would tell you that one of our true competitive advantages is the dedication of our associates.” Sticking Together dap products emphasizes the strength of its people, its strategic planning and its innovative new products as the core of its success. by chris petersen DAP Products is built on innovation. The Baltimore-based company was the first to the market with the introduction of latex caulk in 1964, and since then the company has introduced numerous other caulks, sealants, insulating foams and other general patch and repair products that have revolutionized the industry. Its products can be found for sale in more than 60,000 retail stores throughout North and Latin America. The company’s roots date back to 1865, when founders Robert H. Dicks and Elmer Wiggim started producing sealing wax for food canning. DAP’s tradition of innovation continues to this day, Vice President of Operations Tim Kinser says, with new products such as DAP 3.0 Advanced Sealants redefining what caulks and sealants can do. Kinser says DAP remains on the cutting-edge of the industry largely because of its flexible and cuttingedge manufacturing operations, for which he credits DAP’s workforce. With a solid core of experienced, knowledgeable people working in its facility and a devotion to continuous improvement, DAP continues to lead the industry and expects to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. dap remains at the cuttingedge of its market due to its flexible and advanced manufacturing operations. People Power DAP has three manufacturing plants and four distribution facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and Kinser says they feature equipment designed to produce high-quality products in large quantities. But the equipment is only part of the story. “I would tell you that one of our true competitive advantages is the dedication of our associates,” Kinser 140 WINTER 2012 adds. “Many of our associates are long-tenured and work hard to ensure that we are making the best products every day.” DAP appreciates its employees, and works to ensure that they feel valued. “The executive staff celebrates all associates’ milestone anniversaries, provides regular business updates with all associates, and prepares and serves meals when safety accomplishments are achieved.” To make sure the company hires only the best and brightest people who will mesh well with DAP’s internal culture, the company utilizes a variety of interview techniques including panel interviews and behavior-based interviews. These ensure that employees are a good fit for the company not

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012

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.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
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.
Last Page

Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012