Customer Spotlight: American Seating

More than 125 years ago, American Seating of Grand Rapids, MI began producing folding, portable seating for churches and other multi-use spaces. With time, the company’s product offerings expanded to encompass portable seating, theater environments, educational venues, sports stadiums and ballparks.

ASC entered the transportation business in 1936 with seats for military tanks. Three decades later, in 1973, the company envisioned and developed a new seat design that would provide a more comfortable ride for passengers and improved durability and economy for operators. This was the first fiber glass seat to feature quick-release, replaceable seat cushions — providing a softer seat that could be customized and easily maintained...


MFG de México Selected by Carrier and Navistar

It’s been a blockbuster autumn for MFG de México as they added two new customers to their roster.

For the HVAC market the company is now producing and shipping condensate pans in support of Carrier’s newly launched manufacturing operations in Garcia, México. Carrier is a leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Fifteen different parts are now being fabricated for various Carrier plants.

For the heavy truck market, the company began...


Safety in the Sky – Repair Techs Set New Record

Of all the jobs within MFG, repair technicians at MFG Energy Services Company are undoubtedly exposed to the greatest hazards. Working in teams of two or more, they travel to remote locations to perform repairs in all weather conditions while suspended at heights of 200 feet and more. To ensure their safety, teammates are trained and certified in a long list of safety standards, attend refresher courses to stay current, and are randomly inspected in the field.

As of November, the MFG...


Composites Manufacturing Magazine Interviews MFG Safety Experts Lawson and Bennett

In the November issue of Composites Manufacturing, an article titled “Taking Care of Business,” dives deep on the subject of safety strategies and practices among top composite manufacturing companies. Chuck Lawson, health/safety/environmental manager at MFG CSC, was interviewed to explain MFG’s approach. The ACMA newsletter also published another interview with Lawson and Perry Bennett, MFG’s corporate health/safety/environmental director.

Here are some excerpts from...


The Material Matters – Flame Test Makes the Point

Last year the sales team at MFG Tray came up with a new marketing campaign theme “The Material Matters”. The concept was to bring home the importance that the material plays when products are subjected to the rigors of standard industrial environments. To bring this to life in 2013, they produced a series of super short videos that show products subjected to specific rigors of real life situations — heat resistance, stability, etc.

One of the most interesting videos is the Flame...


MFG de México Wins ISO/TS 16949:2009 Certification

MFG de México has been officially certified to ISO/TS 16949:2009, joining the ranks of a number of other MFG factories. TS16949 is an ISO standard that applies to the design/development, production and installation/servicing of automotive-related products. Automobile and truck manufacturers look for this certification in their supply chain...


New University of Tenn Engineering Building Named for Strongwell Founder

In October, CEO Richard Morrison travelled to Knoxville for the dedication of the new John D. Tickle Engineering Building on the University of Tennessee campus. The $23.1 million, five-story building houses the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The building is named in honor of Strongwell Corporation’s founder, chairman and proud UT alumnus.

John Tickle is a past president of the ACMA and a longstanding personal friend...


MFG South Dakota Honored for Community Service

For the second time, MFG South Dakota was recognized for commitment to service in their local community. The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual program called the ABBYs. Candidates are nominated by members of the community for awards in various categories, with winners named by an independent judging organization.

This year MFG SD was nominated in three categories, and chosen as the Community Involvement-Business award winner for “exceptional performance in support...


In the Community: Blood Drive 2013

Thanks to many teammates at MFG CSC and corporate, a recent American Red Cross on-site blood drive collected more than 30 pints of blood — enough blood to save around 90 people at local hospitals. Since 2003 MFG has collected more than 1,629 pints, impacting more than 4,800 patients. We are pleased to boast 10 years of participation in this worthy...


In the Community: Lids for Kids

MFG Tray provided their local school district with a donation of fiber glass lids in bright, fun colors for their kindergarten program. The lids are used to contain materials like colored sand in which the children can trace letters, numbers and shapes with their fingers. The teachers love the mess containment and the kids feel like they are playing instead of...