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Control Devices LLC / HQ: St. Louis / 2009 sales: $37.5 million / Employees: 175 / Products: Engineered flow control devices Tom Stadtmueller, CEO: “The key to increasing productivity is through additional automation.” Firmly in Control control devices provides a steady stream of quality and innovation for its clients by barbara mc hatton control devices develops proprietary products for clients in various markets. Keeping an open ear and an open mind for customer needs is a talent found in few companies. However, Control Devices LLC of St. Louis is an expert at using these abilities when designing, manufacturing and testing each of its products. Established in 1963, the company manufactures engineered flow control devices for air, gas and liquid systems. The markets they serve include fire suppression, air compressors, pressure washers, vehicle systems, float valves and specialty gas and pneumatic valves. According to CEO Tom Stadtmueller, the company’s success stems from “our capability to meet the needs of our customers.” Stadtmueller says Control Devices’ knowledgeable staff designs and builds specialized flow control valves that contributes to much of the company’s success. “It starts up front with our sales organization that can understand and interpret the needs of our customers to deliver a high-quality finished product at a very competitive price,” he says. Some of the company’s clients include Black & Decker, Ingersoll Rand and Briggs & Stratton. The company’s products are distributed to companies throughout the United States as well as internationally to China, India, parts of Europe and Australia. Keeping Customers in Mind Many proprietary products are developed in conjunction with customerowned designs. “We have a very seasoned engineering group that knows technically how to design flow control solutions,” Stadtmueller says. “These engineers tailor-make all products to our customers’ requirements.” He adds that parts must fully conform to the specifications or drawings to achieve Six Sigma quality. Design capabilities are assisted by SolidWorks, 3-D CAD and AutoCAD software. This high level of care and quality also factors into Control Devices’ manufacturing operations. The manSUMMER 2010 61

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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