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Burr Oak Tool Inc. / HQ: Sturgis, Mich. / Sales: $70 million / Employees: 270 / Specialty: Tube-processing machinery Newell Franks, CEO: “It is important that our employees have the best tools to do what they’re doing, in order for us to compete globally.” Going Toward Success lean principles and investments in people and equipment distinguish burr oak tool’ s operations. by jim harris A strong emphasis on lean manufacturing principles and vertical integration is a big part of Burr Oak Tool Inc.’s success. The Sturgis, Mich.based company specializes in manufacturing production equipment including tube-bending and tubecutoff machines, mechanical-expanding machines, fin dies and lines, and coil-forming machines. Burr Oak Tool was founded in 1944 and has been producing manufacturing equipment since 1952. Major customers include HVAC producers such as Carrier Corp., Trane Inc. and Lennox as well as Delta Faucet and automotive suppliers. “Our customers are any place where someone needs to make evaporator or condenser coils,” CEO Newell Franks says. “We manufacture and assemble everything that is necessary to make evaporator and condenser coils other than braising and coil testing [machines].” The company exports 50 to 80 percent of the equipment it produces at its Sturgis facility to manufacturers throughout the world. Burr Oak also maintains service facilities in Europe, China and India that offer parts and service from trained personnel within 24 hours of a request, Franks says. “When our customers buy a machine, they want that machine to be in production without any unscheduled down time,” he adds. “I think that almost universally now, when customers need parts and services they want it the next day, which is challenging when you have machines in more than 70 countries.” In addition to producing manufacturing equipment, Burr Oak main- burr oak tool has produced manufacturing equipment since 1952 and has products in 70 countries. 66 WINTER 2011

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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