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Midwest

BTD Manufacturing

btd created a speed-to-line
program that tracks every
part from order to when it
is ready for production.

ment and facilities, the company
can offer value to its clients and
ensure that it is always in front of
their contract and custom manufacturing needs. "We've added many
capabilities over the years and
expanded what we do," Gintner says.
"Now we have duplicated that model
and expanded it to multiple locations
in Minnesota and Illinois."
Additionally, the last few years
have seen the company expand and
improve its tooling division. To
ensure that it wasn't hamstrung by a
limited capacity, the company has
been systematically growing its tooling expertise to enhance what has
traditionally been the foundation of
the organization.
The company also created a speedto-line program that tracks every part
from the time it is ordered through
the time that it is production-ready.
This has helped the company become
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production-ready on its projects
within 30 days on average.
"That helps us to ensure we are
ready to go and avoid bumping our
work up against the OEMs' production schedule," Gintner says.
To make sure it can continue to
grow its footprint as needed, BTD has
put in place what it believes is a strong
business management system that
documents every process. That way,
it is in a better position to duplicate
its capabilities as it expands.
As BTD heads into the future, it
believes it must continue to partner
with the right people. It has a solid
customer portfolio now of roughly 40
significant OEM clients that have
national and worldwide brands.
BTD's plan is to add one or two OEMs
to its arsenal each year.
"As we add new OEMs, we need to
be sure they are good fit and can use
all our capabilities," Gintner says.

"We're also growing the depth of
our leadership. We've grown by volume, doubling in size since 2009, but
talent development will be key for us
as grow geographically. Fortunately,
we already play with some big brands
and have great people here that support our diversification." mt

Olympic Steel The relationship between BTD
Manufacturing and Olympic Steel reflects enduring
success propelled by a genuine win-win partnership.
The two companies have grown together over many
years and share numerous core values including integrity, a strong work ethic and a desire to support the communities in which they operate.
Prior to Olympic Steel's merger with Chicago Tube
and Iron (CTI) in 2011, BTD relied on both firms for its
respective flat products, and tubular and pipe product
requirements. Olympic Steel now serves several BTD
facilities with consolidated shipments and customized
logistics, increasing efficiency and allowing each organization to concentrate on its core competency. Today
BTD is able to deliver better value to its customers
because of this partnership with Olympic Steel.
Everyone at Olympic Steel is proud of their affiliation
with BTD and looks forward to a long and mutually successful future.


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