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Douglas Autotech Corp. / HQ: Bronson, Mich. / Specialty: Automotive parts manufacturing / Douglas Autotech Corp.: “[We] believe the key to acquiring and maintaining world-class leadership is through a commitment to providing quality.” douglas autotech has more than 100 years of manufacturing experience. Driving Innovation douglas autotech says its commitment to innovation and quality sets it apart. With more than 100 years of experience in manufacturing, it’s no surprise that Bronson, Mich.-based Douglas Autotech Corp. has become an industry leader in the heavy truck and automotive segments. The company was founded in 1902 as a parts manufacturer for Henry Ford’s Model T and, “since then, we have grown tremendously,” it declares. Douglas Autotech is best known for manufacturing high-quality directional controls for the international vehicle industry. “The management and employees of Douglas Autotech Corporation believe the key to acquiring and maintaining world102 SUMMER 2010 Making its Mark Throughout its century in business, the company has set a number of benchmarks in the industry, including the introduction of the first tilt and telescopic steering column in 1986. In addition, Douglas Autotech manufactured the first single-levertype tilt and telescopic steering column in 1991 for heavy-duty trucks. “Douglas started to supply its automotive steering columns and intermediate shafts to a General Motors/ Suzuki joint venture in 1990,” the company explains. “Also, Douglas introduced the tilt and telescopic steering column with gas spring tilt mechanism for agriculture tractors in 1992. Douglas has become a major supplier of steering columns to the truck, agriculture and off-highway equipment manufacturers.” One of the biggest advantages of working with Douglas Autotech is its class leadership is through a commitment to providing quality, confidence and customer satisfaction,” the firm states. “Providing consumer confidence and customer satisfaction to the buyers of our products requires a commitment to the finest practices in manufacturing, quality, innovation and continuous improvement in everything we do.” Although the company is best known for its work in the automotive segment, it has manufactured a variety of products such as electrical light switches, gasoline engines, vacuum cleaners, marine cylinders and appliance switches, it says.

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Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010