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Kelly-Moore Paints / Headquarters: San Carlos, Calif. / Employees: 1,500 / Specialty: Paint products / Bruce McGregor, vice president of manufacturing and supply chain: “We know that we produce a superior paint product, both from a quality and consistency point of view.” Smooth and Consistent kelly-moore paints emphasizes consistent improvement and stringent quality control in its manufacturing operations. by chris petersen kelly-moore paints produces nearly 50,000 gallons of paint daily, making it one of the world’s leaders. For more than 65 years, professional painters and do-it-yourselfers have trusted Kelly-Moore Paints to provide them with high-quality paint products specially suited to their needs. From a single store in California in 1946 to its position today as one of the largest employee-owned paint companies in the United States, Kelly-Moore Paints has grown and evolved over the years thanks in no small part to the strength of its manufacturing operations. The company’s manufacturing continues to be one of the cornerstones of Kelly-Moore’s success, according to Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Bruce McGregor. The company operates two main manufacturing facilities – one in the company’s 152 WINTER 2012 hometown of San Carlos, Calif, and the other in Hurst, Texas. Each facility serves markets in their respective areas, and each facility features multiple filling lines. Between these two state-of-theart facilities, Kelly-Moore produces nearly 50,000 gallons of paint every day. The marketplace always is evolving, as are regulatory standards. Nevertheless, McGregor says KellyMoore always rises to the challenge while still maintaining the same high level of quality the company has exhibited for many years. Quality control is built into the company’s manufacturing philosophy from top to bottom, McGregor says, and KellyMoore is poised to continue being a leader in the industry. Quality Assurance Fifty thousand gallons a day is a lot of paint, and it goes without saying that ensuring consistency is paramount for Kelly-Moore. McGregor says painters want to be sure they have confidence in Kelly-Moore paint every time they open a bucket. “We want the performance of the paint to be consistent day in and day out, year in and year out, and batch to batch,” McGregor says. This means Kelly-Moore has one of the most stringent quality-control processes in the business, according to McGregor. These procedures begin at the product development stage and carry all the way through the production line to the end-user. “We’re very focused on quality,”

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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.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
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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.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012