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Columbian Home Products – Granite Ware Division / HQ: Terre Haute, Ind. / 2009 revenues: $50 million / Employees: 200 / Products: Porcelain-on-steel cookware / Bill Carper, vice president: “Success is only achieved by continually improving process efficiency and effectiveness.” columbian home products has made cookware in indiana since 1871. What’s Cooking? columbian home products secures its position as a leading cookware provider. by kathryn jones Although Columbian Home Products (CHP) enjoys a rich history of manufacturing quality cookware since 1871, the Terre Haute, Ind.based company – working in buildings that were built in 1902 – ultimately achieves success by meeting the demands of the modern-day consumer through product innovation and continuous improvement initiatives, Vice President of Operations Bill Carper says. “Doing it the way we have always done it is a recipe for failure,” he says. “Success is only achieved by continually improving process efficiency and effectiveness, and product value. The 58 SUMMER 2010 face, and excellent cooking properties, whether the customer is baking, broiling, steaming, roasting or stewing their food.” Building Strong Brands CHP’s Granite Ware Division manufactures, markets and distributes porcelain-on-steel cookware ranging from roasters, canners and seafood pots, to broilers, steamers and bakeware. These are distributed to all of the major retailers in the United States, with additional export to Canada, Iceland, France and Greece. “Granite Ware is a mainstay in most households because the cookware is functional, affordable and time-tested as a good choice for use in a variety of cooking applications,” he says. “The CHP sales force is actively spreading the good news of Granite Ware and our other branded products and working with the opera- journey of continuous improvement includes searching for and discovering new methods and procedures to reduce costs and waste, and improve productivity while maintaining or enhancing product quality. Our suppliers are partners in this journey to excellence, and we value the contributions of each and every one. “Our customers expect to purchase and use affordable cookware that will last a long time with reasonable care and maintenance,” Carper explains. “The quality of our cookware is evident in its versatility, quick heating and cooking ability, natural non-stock and anti-microbial sur-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010

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