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Northeast

Watteredge LLC, A Southwire Company

watteredge devotes up
to 70,000 square feet to
its lean manufacturing
techniques.

the last three or four years, lean
manufacturing is really an ongoing
activity at Watteredge and will continue to be part of our continuous
improvement initiatives."

Design and Manufacturing
Watteredge devotes from 60,000 to
70,000 square feet to manufacturing and rents some space in a nearby
building to augment its efforts as the
amount of its work ebbs and flows.
"We're not a standard off-the-shelf
company," LaRussa says. "At least 90
percent of what we do is a custom-en-

"we've identified areas
where we can reduce
the amount of time to
produce our products
using lean initiatives."
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gineered product. That really is what
separates us from the people that are
doing similar things and making products that look like ours. We cater to
the customer who really needs a custom approach."
Watteredge's in-house engineers
can design a product from a customer's descriptive technical requirements or work from the customer's
drawings if they are complete using
CNC-controlled lathes, mills, punch
presses and do TIG and MIG welding. "A lot of these products end up
in a kit form," LaRussa points out.
"In some cases, we do some assembly
work that is necessary to complete a
product or incorporate our product
into another component."
LaRussa attributes the company's
success to its employees, who meet
its customer's requirements with

high quality and exemplary customer
service. "We strive to have absolutely
100 percent customer satisfaction,"
LaRussa pledges. "That is our objective. We take care of our customer."
That care extends to the company's
employees, who have voted Watteredge one of the top 150 employers in
northeast Ohio for the sixth consecutive year in a competition sponsored
by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Watteredge is one of only 15 companies that
have been put on the top workplace
list for all six years of the annual survey by their employees.
"We refer to our employees as partners because they have a voice in what
we do," LaRussa emphasizes. "We solicit them for information. We want to
be an employer of choice. That's not
just a figment of our imagination - it's
really what we strive to be." mt


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