Customer Spotlight: Scientific Lighting Products

In 1969 Koller Enterprises acquired a lighting component business from an East Coast manufacturer and formed a new division, Scientific Lighting Products (SLP). Forty-five years later, SLP products are distributed and used in every corner of the world.

A key driver to their growth, according to President David Koller, is listening closely to what customers want. SLP uses these inputs to fuel new product ideas and improve user experience – which has given SLP a competitive edge in the market.

One of their top selling products is the CITADEL™ family of gasketed enclosures for harsh environments. These fixtures are sealed to protect the electrical components from harmful moisture and potentially combustible dust...


MFG Supplier of the Year for 2014: AkzoNobel

MFG’s 19th Annual Supplier Recognition Day returned to the Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio this past August. Thirty different companies participated.

AkzoNobel was the winner of this year’s top supplier award, selected for superior performance in the areas of quality, on-time delivery, technical support and competitive pricing. Accepting the award for AkzoNobel was Oleh Jacyszyn, technical sales manager, and Will Nan, account...


LaFrance Promoted to SVP of Quality

Carl LaFrance has been promoted to corporate SVP of Quality, a position that is part of a broader realignment of the company’s top management team. Carl also serves as chief information officer.

For the last 12 years Carl has held the position of wind energy champion at MFG, overseeing the company’s wind turbine component business. Wind energy parts are produced at four of MFG’s entities in the US — MFG West, MFG Texas, MFG Alabama and MFG South Dakota.

According to Carl...


Company Adds Engineering Depth

MFG Wind has undergone a number of changes recently in response to new orders, market conditions and anticipated growth. These changes enhance the company’s ability to provide strong value-add engineering support and manufacturing improvements.

Dan Chips has been promoted to wind energy champion. He has served as director of wind energy engineering since 2010. Dan’s new responsibilities include customer management, program management, master service agreements for MFG’s service...


Denny Joins Ranks of ACMA Hall of Fame

The American Composites Manufacturers Association has chosen MFG’s EVP Dave Denny to receive their prestigious Hall of Fame award for career contributions to the composites industry. He will be officially inducted at the CAMX Conference in October.

For more than 45 years Dave has influenced the manufacturing side of the composites industry. He is a recognized expert in the implementation of world class manufacturing practices, specializing in automotive, truck...


MFG Texas Is Repeat Winner of PACCAR Quality Award

MFG Texas was recognized once again this year by PACCAR (parent company of Peterbilt Motors) for meeting their rigorous 50 PPM quality performance initiative — a challenging goal for composites. This is the second time that MFG Texas has been recognized for this accomplishment.

The company produces raised-roof assemblies for Peterbilt Class 8 trucks, and both MFG Texas and MFG CSC have contributed to the success of...


MFG West Reactivates Former GM

MFG West announces that Jim Sommer, former general manager who retired in 2011 after 32+ years with the company, is once again working with the team.  According to General Manager Jose Cisneros, “We are all delighted to have Jim back with us providing advice and technical support on a consulting...


MFG Consolidates Alabama Presence

The two MFG facilities in Opp, Alabama are now operating as MFG Alabama Plant One (200 Hattaway Road) and MFG Alabama Plant Two (18361 Galileo Drive). Both facilities are ISO9001-2008 certified and largely involved with manufacturing spinners and the latest generation nacelles for wind turbines.

The plants both offer open molding and vacuum infusion manufacturing. Combining management and support services will result in improved manufacturing efficiencies and new business opportunities.

Mike Leonard is the general manager for both...


Road Trip to Vegas

As a reward for a job well done, 55 MFG West teammates and family members recently trekked from Adelanto, CA to Las Vegas to enjoy a ride on the new High Roller observation wheel. 

The ride features 28 spherical cabins manufactured by MFG West. Each 40-passenger pod weighs approximately 44,000 lbs and has a diameter of 22-ft. The High Roller pods are an interesting addition to the company’s portfolio of iconic...


In the Community: MFG South Dakota

The MFG Foundation recently donated $6,500 for a new bench at Storybook Land in Aberdeen, SD. This amusement park is free to the public and drew visitors from 49 states and several countries last year. The new bench (constructed with composites) is part of the...


In the Community: MFG Tray

This summer a group of MFG Tray volunteers took up rakes, putty knives, paintbrushes and mowers to clean up two local areas. Tray teammates regularly volunteer for service projects in the Linesville community, and this season the PAL Fund Senior Housing Facility and Gehr Cemetery were beneficiaries of the team’s generosity. 

GM John Thompson stated, “Our teammates who work on these community projects get a great deal of personal...


Teammate Applause: Diane Curry joins MFG Tray T1 Team

The MFG Tray team congratulates Diane Curry, IT manager, as the newest member of the T1 team. Diane became a teammate in 1985 and will be focussed on preserving and enhancing the information and knowledge management efforts of the...


Milestones

Jackie Skarzenski was recently recognized for 40 years of service at MFG Union City. Jackie is currently a production quality inspector, but over the years she has filled many production roles including supervisor/trainer, team leader, laminator and finisher.

“Jackie is a loyal and dedicated teammate”, notes MFG GM Ron Orr. “She reflects what has made MFG into a distinguished composite leader. Her positive...