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Midwest

Radar Industries

Handling It All
Radar Industries says it has made a name for itself by
using the industry's most precise forming equipment.
"We not only use world-class presses like our twin
2,200-ton Schulers, but [we] have worked with the
press companies to design Radar-class presses that
allow for even faster and truer production runs," it says.
The company's press-bed options range from 300
to 2,200 tons, it says. Additionally, "We mirror the
metal-forming capabilities of the top auto producers,
so regardless of the size of [the client's job], Radar
can handle it, while providing [them] a value-based
solution," it says.
Radar adds that it has expertise with almost every
auto part, including the seats, steering, braking and
structural components. "And with the use of deep
drawn extruded metal technologies, we eliminate the
need for costly weld nuts and provide cheaper alternatives that are actually stronger end-products."
For instance, its engineering of extrusions on hood
hinges and latches, transmission covers, strengthening
brackets, door hinge brackets and others have "saved
our clients millions in production costs," Radar says.
"There are several elements such as precision, quality
control and rapidity that go into creating a good
stamping set-up.
"We take pride in having mastered all of these with
our world-class press lines and the knowledge of the
various raw materials the Mexico stamping industry is
demanding," Radar says. "We are a preferred choice
when it comes to the Mexico stamping industry."

Southeastern United States, it
chose Mexico after more than a year
of extensive research and travel. That
research showed we were shipping
more and more finished goods to
Mexico and that was going to be an
area that it thought would be the next
major expansion in automotive.
Radar invested roughly $23 million
in the plant, which covers 116,000
square feet, and has an additional 1.3
million square feet of land for further
expansions. With six press lines, "It's
almost booked 80 percent and further investments are being made very
soon," he says. "We are actually looking to expand to our press lines here
and in Mexico to include using stateof-the-art manufacturing with servo
press technology.
"I'm incredibly proud of the efforts
we undertook," Graf asserts. "We
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radar invested roughly $23 million in its
plant in mexico, which features stateof-the-art manufacturing technology.

turned a dream into a reality with the
launching of our first global manufacturing plant."

Ready for a Boom
Before coming to Radar, Graf previously sold flat-rolled steel for
Worthington Industries for 18 years.
"Radar was one of my customers," he
recalls, noting that the stampings firm
sought him out and hired him in 2006.
He prefers Radar's environment,
which has given him more responsibilities. "While I was successful at
Worthington, I didn't have any management responsibility," he admits.
"I was looking for more of a chal-

lenge to teach, train and lead," he says,
noting that Radar has given him more
of what he wanted on a long-term
basis. "I was looking for more of an
opportunity to make a difference."
Graf sees a strong future for
Radar's plant in Mexico, which he
expects to grow over $70 million in its
first eight years. "The demand for the
Mexican market is just going to
boom," he predicts.
"I believe that's going to be
because of the free trade laws," he
says. "We're seeing incredible insourcing and new growth in the
country. That's where companies are
spending their money." mt


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