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Malco Products Inc.

on quick response manufacturing
training and implementation.
The quality and strength of Malco's tools are assured in part through
the company's suppliers. It regularly
visits supplier sites to examine the
quality and manufacturing processes. "We qualify suppliers based on
their consistency and service to us,"
he says. "We don't want to inspect
quality into products; we look at
suppliers' processes and make sure
their quality is consistent."

pany a new product award for innovation at the Specialty Equipment
Market Association show in 2014.
Malco prides itself on its product innovation, which Quandt attributes to its engaged staff. The

Midwest

company last year became 75 percent employee owned. "All of our
employees are owners who control
the company, so everyone is equally
dedicated to making the company
successful," Quandt says. mt

Legacy of Innovation
The company was founded in 1950
by Mark W. Keymer, a steel supply
salesman who wanted to market and
manufacture a pipe crimper he had
invented for use in installing sheet
metal ductwork, which at the time
was a relatively new offering. More
tools followed, including a hand
seamer used to apply compound
leverage, a hand notcher that made a
v-shaped cut in a single motion and a
hand-operated snap lock punch.
The tools invented by Keymer - a
2007 inductee into the Minnesota
Inventors Hall of Fame - continue
to form the basis of the company's
offerings. "We believe in always improving our tools and refreshing our
existing lines," Quandt says.
Malco's recent product introductions include a hemming tool used
to repair the quarter panel, a curved
piece of metal located above a car's
wheel well. The tool earned the comPTM has had the pleasure of working with Malco Tool
for over 20 years. We have been there to help bring
their product to market from concept ideas to the production of parts. PTM was founded in 1970 by Wendell
Zwart and continues to be owned and operated by the
same family. PTM has a large customer base ranging
from startups to large well-known industries including
Tools, Safety Equipment, Dairy Equipment and Exercise
Equipment. We specialize in Plastic Injection Molding,
Sheet Metal Fabrication, Tool Room and Machining to
make PTM a one-stop job shop.

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