Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011 - (Page 144)

SET Enterprises Inc. / HQ: Warren, Mich. / Employees: 300 / Specialties: Construction, processing and manufacturing Sid E. Taylor, president: “As SET Construction continues to grow, it will have created numerous employment opportunities.” the businesses within set enterprises are creating new jobs in detroit and helping the city to grow. Ready, SET, Go! set enterprises processes steel for the automotive industry, and is a game changer in the community. When SET Enterprises President Sid. E. Taylor came home to Michigan as a U.S. Marine combat veteran in the Vietnam War, he knew his military training would come in handy. He studied business management at the University of Detroit and received various other education and training while being employed at General Motors for 22 years. He used his experiences and contacts there to start SET Steel in 1989. Since then, SET Enterprises has been 144 WINTER 2011 a leading supplier of steel processing services to the automotive industry. SET now has four manufacturing locations in three states. SET’s headquarters is located in Warren, Mich. Taylor has expanded his steel business to include steel blanking, slitting and warehousing of steel. Now his customers include OEMs such as Ford, Chrysler and General Motors and direct suppliers of OEMs such as Tower Automotive, Arcelor Mittal Steel, Aisin and AK Steel. Taylor grew the company through joint ventures and by raising capital. “I had to sell my business plan,” he explains. “I had to show banks and investors what I could do and how I planned to execute my vision.” Those joint ventures, mergers and good business sense helped Taylor build SET Enterprises to include SET Steel Processing, SET Duct Manufacturing and SET Construction. The latter two businesses were started in 2010 but Taylor says these will grow and be successful as the economy grows and expands. SET Duct Manufacturing was started in March 2010 and began operations in July. “SET will invest more than $1.5 million to acquire brand new state-of-the-art production equipment and with its experienced and talented work force will quickly attain best-in-class levels of quality and productivity,” Taylor says. “Another $1 million will be invested as capital. The company will be utilizing a 45,000-square-foot facility in the city of Detroit and will employ skilled labor to support the duct manufacturing processes.” SET Duct Manufacturing has created 35 new jobs in Detroit to date. Taylor sees the creation of more valuable jobs in the city as the businesses expands in 2011. The company hired several key members of the former Foremost sales team and management staff. This strategy enabled SET to capitalize on their vast experience and industry contacts to immediately generate sales and industry presence. Taylor credits his dedicated and committed employees for the success of the company. He says when employees are provided with a vision, strong leadership, are empowered and given the necessary resources, then great things can happen. In addition to the competitive advantages provided through SET Duct Manufacturing’s equipment and experienced team, SET Duct

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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
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Patriot Forge Co.
Aseptic Solutions USA
Comex Group/Frazee Paint
Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs
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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