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MPE Inc.
www.mpe-inc.com / Projected 2013 revenue: $40 million+ / Headquarters: Milwaukee
/ Employees: 200 / Gary Les, president and CEO: "Our people are what make the company go."

mpe specializes in the design
and manufacture of medical
carts, consoles, tables and
metal fabrications.

Part Design
mpe inc. offers industrial design, engineering
services and innovative solutions. by russ gager
Rather than waiting for customers to bring ideas to them, executives, industrial designers, manufacturing engineers and manufacturing
experts at MPE Inc. keep prospective
and current customers informed
about the latest design and manufacturing innovations in their fields.
Customers' needs range from complete designs of products to valueengineering, designing for manufacturability and manufacturing of components or completed products.
MPE specializes in the design and
manufacture of medical carts, consoles, tables, metal fabrications and
assemblies for medical and high technology original equipment manufacturers. Some of the products MPE
designs and manufactures for med86

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ical equipment companies enable
specialists to quickly and easily transport a computer and the medical
equipment needed for a specific diagnosis or treatment around a hospital,
clinic or emergency room.
MPE is able to offer its customers
efficient and cost-effective manufacturing of those components and
devices because of the skill and expertise of its employees, emphasizes MPE
President and CEO Gary Les.
"We've got some robotics and some
heavy-duty capital equipment, but
more than anything, we've got really
great people - skilled craftspeople -
that are doing great work behind the
scenes on products that are being distributed all over the world," Les says.
"We're a global company, and it's

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our people that drive all of this," Vice
President of Operations Jack Koepke
emphasizes. "I help navigate and
guide, but really, it's our people that
make it happen. It starts with our
business development team - industrial design, engineering, materials -
and then certainly on our manufacturing floor - fabrication, welders,
metal finishers, paint and high level
assemblers - all talented people that
are really great at their craft."
Where does MPE Inc. obtain such
talented employees? "We develop
most of them from within," Les says.
"We believe in promoting people
who have the work ethic and interest
to learn more and grow. Jack has been
promoted a couple times within the
organization, and people at all levels
have career paths. The state of
Wisconsin is a strong manufacturing
state, so some of the people we get
are high school interns who then
earn permanent positions. Some are
college engineering students we have
in our internship program. We're
always looking for the best and the
brightest talent."

Award-winning Frame
MPE designs and manufactures custom, complex, high-value products for
medical and high technology OEMs. It
is a high-mix, low-volume manufacturer of highly engineered products
that works with some of the largest
medical companies in the world.
In 2012, MPE was selected No. 1
overall among 3,000 vendors of
Dräger Corp. and was named the
Supplier of the Year for its work on
the frame of an incubator for transporting premature infants. The
frame consists of more than 60
pieces of cut and bent metal. It was
very highly engineered.
"We had to take it from 60 pounds
down to 40 pounds, and it had to
withstand the vibration levels,
because of the helicopter they are
transported in," Les recalls. "It


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