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Hess Industries Inc. / HQ: Niles, Mich. / 2009 sales: $60 million / Employees: 290 / Specialty: Custom metal forming equipment / Roxanne Lauer, CEO: “We’re always looking for ways to improve the value to our customers.” Rise to the Challenge constant improvement helps hess industries compete in the global marketplace. by chris petersen hess industries provides equipment used to make car wheels and rims, among other things. There’s no doubt that the marketplace of today is a global one, and it takes more than being better than the guy down the street to be successful. Hess Industries Inc. CEO Roxanne Lauer says her company has taken on the challenge of competing on the world stage by streamlining its internal processes and riding the cutting edge of technology. No matter what it does, however, Lauer says the company’s focus remains fixed on service. “We’re always looking for ways to improve the value to our customers,” she says. Hess has been building custom equipment for metal forming cus134 WINTER 2011 tomers since 1976, and since that time has built itself up into a worldwide solutions provider. Its product lines include wheel and rim manufacturing, straightening, die, metal processing and sheet metal assembly systems. Hess’ clients include many of the largest U.S. manufacturers, as well as companies in more than 40 countries around the world. Lauer adds that the company has a manufacturing facility in India, as well as a sales office in China with field service capabilities. These are in addition to the assembly and machining capabilities it has in its Michigan headquarters facility. “We’ve been in the business for a long period of time and we build quality equipment,” she says. “We try to understand what the customers’ needs are.” ‘Huge Transformation’ Not only does Hess compete in the global marketplace, but it does so in a number of market sectors. The company’s products are used in the manufacture of items ranging from automobiles to major appliances. Because of this, the amount of change Hess sees in the marketplace in terms of demand, technology and regulation can be staggering at times.

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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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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011