Owens Corning Recognized as MFG Supplier of the Year

Every August MFG formally thanks the suppliers that are an essential ingredient in the company’s success with a special recognition event. This year 59 guests joined the MFG senior management and purchasing team for a day at Quail Country Club in Concord, Ohio. Twenty-five companies were presented with awards by MFG’s purchasing team.

Owens Corning was selected as the 2013 Supplier of the Year and cited for excellent quality, on time delivery, technical expertise and — as this is a procurement event — competitive pricing. With three significant product launches underway in 2013, MFG had enormous challenges to tackle. Owens Corning generously provided timely and dependable on-site support that helped keep these new...


Stingray Test Fleet Swings by MFG

The test fleet of four 2014 Corvette Stingrays with General Motors’ Corvette team swung through Ashtabula to visit MFG Corporate headquarters on August 26th.Christopher Basela, lead composites engineer for body structures on the Corvette, and other members of the team were attending a Corvette gathering in Carlisle, Pa.

They decided to make a stop in Ashtabula to tour the operations to share the excitement of the stunning new Corvette with a major parts supplier. Sixty years ago...


New Non-Flammable SMC Material Wins UL Approval

Non-flammable and fire retardant materials are a requirement for applications in many markets as a matter of safety. And composite materials are becoming the go-to choice as new formulas with these characteristics are developed and made available.

In June a new non-flammable SMC material called iNVENTA 616UL received UL 723 approval by Underwriters Laboratories. This proprietary SMC (sheet molding compound) was specially formulated by MFG for HVAC components, however the attributes are...


Research Project Explores New Way to Extend Life of Wind Blade

MFG Energy Services recently teamed with WINDprove (Davis, CA) and CNT Metal Solutions (Spring Valley, CA) on a funded research project to develop an innovative method for replacing the aluminum root of the V-47 turbine blade with a fiber glass insert using bonded studs. After 14 or so years of field service, many of these workhorse turbines are experiencing blade root problems.

The team’s innovative approach involved fabricating a replacement root insert (developed at MFG Texas) and...


Partnership With Local University Helps Teammates From Refugee Group Improve Language Skills

A partnership between MFG South Dakota and Northern State University in Aberdeen is giving a helping hand to new teammates by offering company-sponsored English as Second Language training.

Approximately 30 Karen teammates — an ethnic group from Myanmar — are taking the MFG-sponsored ESL course that involves six hours of instruction weekly at the factory. These teammates came to the USA as refugees of the political unrest in their homeland and are now working in wind blade...


Milestones: MFG Alabama

This summer MFG Alabama racked up a double-header victory in the areas of quality and safety.

First, they achieved official ISO 9001:2008 certification in August — joining the ranks of a number of other MFG operations. An appreciation breakfast in September will acknowledge all the teammates for this collective effort.

Also in August, the company reached a milestone of 365 days without a lost-time accident. These quality and safety accomplishments were happening while a second...


In the Community: Local Students Benefit from MFG Scholarship Program

For the fourth consecutive year, two MFG companies with operations in Opp, AL sponsored a scholarship program providing $1,000 awards to high school graduates pursuing college degree...


Standing for Excellence: LEAN Teams at MFG NC Put the Squeeze on Material Waste

Last year MFG North Carolina had a friendly competition among six internal, self-organized teams to discover new ways to reduce waste from the manufacturing process. Each team selected a potential area to focus on, outlined an approach and methodology for measurement, then went to work discovering ways to make an impact. On the sidelines, the accounting department kept score on the potential savings benefit of each project.

The winner was the Wolverine team comprised of five teammates...


New Teammate Onboard!

Seth BurnettOperations Manager MFG...