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Smart Start Inc. / HQ: Irving, Texas / Employees: 125 / Products: Breath alcohol analyzers and related technology and services / Jim Ballard, president: “Our service delivery network really makes us unique.” Test Drives smart start’ s proprietary technology helps keep alcohol-impaired drivers off the road. by staci davidson When Nancy Reagan launched her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign in the early 1980s, many programs against intoxicated driving also caught steam. These campaigns began small, but their messages were effective; liquor and beer advertisements now often focus on responsible consumption – if broadcast networks allow them to air at all – and most states have strict laws against driving while intoxicated. Even so, Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates approximately 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips are taken each year. As a leader in the ignition interlock industry, Smart Start Inc. has developed a range of services and technology to help keep intoxicated drivers off the road. Based in Irving, Texas, Smart Start offers small, electronic alcohol analyzers that keep drivers with DWIs and DUIs from operating vehicles if their breath alcohol level is over a pre-set limit. President Jim Ballard notes Smart Start is the only firm in the industry to provide comprehensive manufacturing, installation, call center, service and monitoring and reporting services. “Our service delivery network really makes us unique,” he stresses. “We offer products, software and services. We book appointments with drivers who need our products, interface with the courts and attorneys, and can provide a variety of reports on any given user. If a product isn’t working, we can service it at one of our locations.” Ballard explains the ignition interlock industry was relatively unknown when Smart Start was founded in smart start’s alcohol analyzers are used in nearly 40 states, as well as australia and europe. 80 SUMMER 2010

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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