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DDH Enterprise Inc. / HQ: Vista, Calif. / Projected Sales: $32 million / Employees: 270 / Specialty: Electronic cable and wire harness assembly manufacturer / Bill Marsh, vice president: “We have kanban and bonded inventory programs for most high-demand components.” ddh enterprise ships on average 100 different assemblies each day in quantities up to 10,000. Custom Cable flexibility is key when manufacturing custom cable assemblies for a variety of industries. by russ gager Contract manufacturing of cables and wire harnesses, electronic boxbuild and system integration are the specialties of DDH Enterprise Inc. Founded in 1988, the company serves customers in the medical, industrial, telecommunications, gaming, military, power supply/conditioning and many other industries. “Typically, our clients manufacture a product, but outsource the cable and wire harness or subassemblies to contract manufacturing companies such as DDH,” explains Vice President Bill Marsh. “DDH can provide lower-cost components due to volume discounts, shorten manufac124 WINTER 2011 turing lead-times from both internal and supplier contract stocking, and provide years of engineering and manufacturing experience building those commodities.” DDH ships on average 100 different assemblies each day with quantities ranging from one to 10,000 each. More than 1,000 work orders are being processed through various stages of production at any time, Marsh says. The company can receive documentation for a new assembly, engineer it, order and receive materials and then complete the build in days. Clients range from local to international companies manufac- turing products in Asia and Europe. The company processes literally thousands of miles of raw wire and cable annually to build internal wiring harnesses for almost any type of OEM equipment, as well as external cabling for connecting system components together. “Eighty percent of our processes are automated with either electronic or pneumatic equipment,” explains General Manager John Jenkins. Constant Change Because DDH builds only to its customers’ specifications and designs, its product mix is constantly changing. “We service roughly 200 clients, each with their own unique requirements, and that tends to be challenging at times,” Jenkins concedes. “We do have many long-term employees, including quite a core of production personnel that have been

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011
Global Strategies
Business Value
Freudenberg Household Products
O.K. Foods Inc.
DJO Inc.
CMC Biologics
Packaging Progressions Inc.
Denison Industries
Burr Oak Tool Inc.
Cambridge International
Certified Transmission
Elopak Inc.
Patriot Forge Co.
Aseptic Solutions USA
Comex Group/Frazee Paint
Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs
Munroe Inc.
Peerless Mfg. Co.
Canplas Industries
Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed
R.F. Hunter Co.
Ace Electronics
Advanced Fiber Technologies
Behringer Saws Inc.
Berger Paints – Trinidad Ltd.
DBS Manufacturing Inc.
DDH Enterprise
Deltak LLC
EVS Metal
Fisher Tank Co.
Hanford Pharmaceuticals
Hess Industries Inc.
Holjeron Inc.
Mid-Continent Engineering
New England Ropes
Ranor Inc.
SET Enterprises Inc.
Swaim Inc.
Total Electronics LLC
Weinbrenner Shoe Co.
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