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J-tec Industries Inc.

would be needed for the type of products our customers
would be needing to kit and transport."

Efficient and Cost-Effective
With the improvement in efficiency and reduction in forklift deliveries that tugger trains and J-tec Industries' carts
deliver, the payback can be fast and significant. "In many
cases, they have substantial cost savings and safety and
delivery improvement," McKee maintains. "Our mother/
daughter carts eliminate any physical hitching and unhitching of carts due to the patented Elemate lift technology,
thereby reducing or eliminating the back strain normally
required to pull carts off their carriers."
In some facilities, a fleet of 44 lift trucks has been reduced
to four by the use of four to eight tugger trains and J-tec
carts. One customer reported that 400 to 500 more deliveries were being made per day to their production lines - a 30
percent increase - with use of the tugger trains and CarryMore carts.
With these results, demand for J-tec Industries' products is growing quickly. In March 2015, the company
purchased a third building in East Peoria, Ill., for its own
manufacturing. J-tec now has a total of 165,000 square
feet of manufacturing space in all of its facilities that
house the machining centers, laser and plasma, brake
presses, 36 welding cells, saws for cutting steel, paint, assembly and additional equipment.
J-tec Industries celebrated its 10th anniversary and
the grand opening of its new third building with a company-wide event this past fall. Many of its products are
distributed in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but
it also sells to companies in Europe as well as to the international facilities of several large OEMs.
To keep its factories humming, J-tec Industries has
launched a marketing campaign for its products that
included hiring McKee to head up the company's entire
marketing efforts online and in trade publications. "We
are exhibiting at our first trade show coming up in April
with the Modex show in Atlanta," Peterson says.
He sees a bright future for J-tec Industries as the movement to lean manufacturing brings more customers to
J-tec's product line. Peterson respects the efforts his
customers must make to incorporate J-tec's products in
their manufacturing plants. "It is a big undertaking and
a very time-consuming effort as companies transform
their old plants into new lean, fork-truck-free facilities,"
he acknowledges. But it is a task that will be well worth
their effort and investment, he maintains. mt
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