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The FNA Group / HQ: Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Employees: 300+ / Products: Pressure washers / Bill Fischer, vice president: “With the broad range of segments we are currently in, we’re a growing company, even in this economy.” Decatur, Ark., and has manufacturing operations in Asia through a jointventure partnership, as well. Product Variety Through its FAIP North America division, The FNA Group manufactures a variety of electric and gas pressure washers for the home market. These products are sold to brick-and-motor and online retailers, as well as through private labels. The company also manufactures accessories for its FAIP products, including brushes, brooms and liquid soaps, as well as FAIP pumps. OEM Industries is considered one of the most prominent manufacturers of thermoplastic hoses in the United States, and it serves as a reseller of additional types of hoses, as well. OEM sells hoses to many pressure washer manufacturers and aftermarket supply companies. In April 2006, The FNA Group purchased Simpson and Delco Pressure Washer companies to jump head first into the industrial cleaning market. Through Simpson Cleaning Systems, The FNA Group manufactures industrial-grade cold-water pressure washers for the contractor/industrial market. This division currently sells directly through manufacturer representatives and indirectly through industrial products suppliers and paint stores, but Simpson is expanding into the private home market through home improvement centers. The FNA Group manufactures industrial-grade hotwater pressure washers for the contractor/industrial market through Delco. At its manufacturing facility in Decatur, The FNA Group fabricates two distinct lines of pressure hoses. The consumer hose is a single fabric braid woven around the inner jacket then covered by an outer jacket. The industrial hose has a fabric braid and a wire braid on top of the fabric braid the fna group has a diverse portfolio of products for pressure washer applications. Awash in Growth the fna group grows despite the recession by keeping up with customer demand. by brian salgado The recession has put the squeeze on countless U.S.-based manufacturers in the last two years. However, FNA Group has a diverse portfolio of products that serve sectors with consumer pressure washer applications. “We’re dealing with an economy that is less than what we’d hope,” says Bill Fischer, vice president of marketing. “With the broad range of segments we are currently in, we’re a growing company, even in this economy.” Headquartered in Elk Grove 106 SUMMER 2010 Village, Ill., The FNA Group is manufacturer and supplier of pressure washers, pumps, hoses and replacement parts to consumers and industrial customers worldwide. The FNA Group is the parent company for OEM Industries, Simpson Cleaning Systems and Delco Cleaning Systems, as well as managing the company’s consumer pressure washer division, FAIP Powerwasher. The company operates a 228,000square-foot manufacturing facility in

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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
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Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010