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American Ultraviolet

a start button. The device then disinfects surfaces within minutes, Stines notes.
American Ultraviolet's curing products include additive lamps and conveyor systems used to cure ink and
coatings. They are used in applications including
screen and digital printing and wood processing, as
well as spot curing systems that bond substrates
together using UV-curable adhesives, Stines notes.
Curing products are produced by two divisions:
AETEK UV Systems, which serves the flooring and
industrial curing markets; and Lesco UV, which manufactures UV conveyors and LED curing devices used in
the aerospace, electronics and other markets.
The company's coating solutions division offers
large-scale drying equipment used in the screen-printing, label printing and bottle printing industries.
Both the Lesco and AETEK product lines were
acquired through acquisition as part of a company diversification effort. This effort helped the company maintain
its bottom line by serving markets less affected by the
recession, such as healthcare and the food industry, when
other markets such as curing were in decline, Stines says.

Midwest

On the Watch
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation in 2013 recognized
American Ultraviolet as one of 33 "Companies to watch." The accolade recognized privately held businesses that employ between six to 150 full-time
employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue.
Companies were chosen from more than 300 nominations, the economic
development corporation says.

explains a dedication to lean manufacturing is one of
the two things the company most prides itself on.
"Customers will come to us at trade shows and tell us
they bought a product of ours in 1990 and they can't
believe it still works," he adds. "That's a nice thing for us
to be able to do."
Employee retention is also a hallmark of American
Ultraviolet. The average tenure of an employee is 22
years, according to the company.
"I'm proud of the experience of our people as well as
the fact that we've been able to offer the best products
at the highest quality and for the best price," Stines says.
"We hope to be able to continue to do that for another
50 years." mt

Driven by Quality
American Ultraviolet produces a standard line of products as well as custom solutions based on customer
designs. Many of the company's standard products are
available in different sizes or with a varying number of
lamps. The company produces custom products and
large conveyor systems in its 70,000-square-foot main
plant in Lebanon, and smaller conveyors and products
are produced in a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing
plant in Torrance, Calif.
The company's manufacturing capabilities include
pressing, shearing, stamping and welding. "We have our
own sheet metal shop, so we can take our customers'
products from design all the way to production, and
they can even watch us produce their systems if they so
desire," Stines says.
All products are tested extensively during production
before being shipped, and in-person testing on customer systems is conducted with customers present.
American Ultraviolet maintains the quality of its products through its embrace of lean manufacturing practices such as just-in-time inventory control and manufacturing cells. The shift to a cell-based manufacturing
floor greatly increased the company's turnaround time
on custom projects, Stines adds.

Points of Pride
Lean manufacturing methods have helped the company further improve the quality of its products. Stines
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