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Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs / HQ: Santa Ana, Calif. / Mfg. employees: 143 / Specialty: Carpet and rugs / Greg Uttecht, GM: “Our people have pride in their work and pride of ownership for their role in creating our products, and you only get that level of pride when quality is the result.” continues through its production operations. Based in Santa Ana, Calif., Fabrica has tufting, dyeing, finishing and a rug manufacturing department in-house. Its parent, The Dixie Group, provides the twisting and heat-setting functions. However, Uttecht explains, Fabrica’s quality is primarily the result of the strengths and dedication of its 143 manufacturing employees. “Quality is something that is ingrained in every associate – they understand that they’re responsible for the quality before a product goes on to the next function,” he says. “It is all part of our ‘quality without compromise’ philosophy. Everyone gets ongoing training regarding their job and how their job impacts the enduser, which reinforces the quality focus. Also, our people have pride in their work and pride of ownership for their role in creating our products, and you only get that level of pride when quality is the result.” Environmental Concerns fabrica’s employees understand how their jobs impact end-users, which helps maintain high quality. Making an Impact skilled employees and eco-friendly operations are part of fabrica’s focus on quality. by staci davidson When Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs was founded more than 35 years ago, the company set out to meet the demands of the “high-style residential market.” It worked toward this goal by following its philosophy of “quality without compromise” and using superior materials, advanced technology and highly skilled craftsmen. By adding state-of-the-art research and development facilities and a diverse line of innovative products to that mix, Fabrica now consid94 WINTER 2011 ers itself “best in class” in terms of quality, style and creativity. “We stand apart because we put quality first into every aspect of our operation and products,” General Manager Greg Uttecht stresses. “We have some of the highest-quality standards and best reputation of any firm in the field.” The quality of Fabrica’s broadloom carpet, custom area rugs and handtufted rugs begins with high-end materials, designs and colors, and Fabrica’s philosophy of “quality without compromise” does not stop at its dedication to providing the market with quality carpets and rugs. The company understands the best products only come from quality operations, and the best operations limit their impact on the environment. In fact, since its inception in 1974, Fabrica says it has taken “the best possible care of the delicate, natural beauty of our California home.” From the materials it uses to the activities on its production floor, the company continuously works to develop best practices for waste and energy management, water conservation and pollution prevention. “We are constantly trying to be as eco-friendly as we can,” Uttecht says. “We reuse and recycle whenever we have the opportunity to, and do all we can to keep waste down.” Through recycling, the company

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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