Customer Spotlight: DynoRaxx® Lowers Investment Cost Of Solar Installations

Sensing opportunity in the emerging solar energy business, brothers Adam and Nathan Rizzo founded Solar Liberty in 2003. The company’s mission was to install commercial and residential solar electric systems. By 2008, Solar Liberty ranked 5th among energy companies on Inc. magazine’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies — and 92nd overall.

As the business grew, the Rizzo’s became frustrated with the high cost and inefficient design of solar panel mounting racks. Although they looked good on paper – they were expensive and installation was complicated and slow. 

In 2006 they decided to try designing a more efficient solution themselves. “Our goal was a solution that consisted of very few parts, could be...

Senator Visits MFG CSC

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, visited MFG CSC in December for a briefing and tour of the manufacturing operations. 

After meeting with a group of 30 teammates, he expressed his positive impression of the facility and the company’s longstanding dedication to the community. “It’s wonderful to make something you actually see out in the world. MFG is a great example of what can happen when U.S. companies invest in people”.

President and CEO Richard Morrison gave an...

MFG de Mexico Welcomes New GM

In October, Manuel Juarez joined MFG de Mexico as the entity’s new general manager.

For the last 19 years, Manuel has been employed in the automotive industry, holding a variety of management roles including plant management, operations, engineering and manufacturing. He has had responsibility for new plant start-ups and transfer of operations from USA/CAN to Mexico.

According to SVP Joe Wilk, “MFG de Mexico is in the process of a major expansion in size and process...

GM Platinum Award Goes to MFG CSC

In recognition of outstanding on-time shipping performance to General Motors customer care and aftersales, MFG CSC was presented with a Platinum supplier award for 2014.

The company was applauded for “playing an important role in GM’s efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles.”

SVP Dan Plona commented, “Qualifying for this award required the effort and attention to detail of every teammate. I congratulate and thank everyone for a job well...

Teammate Applause

Laura Norris Joins MFG Alabama as HR/HS Manager

Laura brings 17 years of experience in various roles with manufacturing companies. She was most recently the HR/safety manager of a local automotive manufacturing company. She holds a BS degree from Huntingdon College and an MS in management from Faulkner University.

Marcia Medley Named HR Manager for MFG South Dakota

Marcia came onboard with MFG SD in October. Prior to MFG she was employed by...

Teammate Focus: Inga Dugojevic, Design Engineer

Inga joined the MFG Design Center in 2008 while a student at Oregon State University. After completing her BS in mechanical engineering design in 2011, she accepted a full-time position as part of the Design Center engineering team.

She first learned about MFG from her father who knew the company from his own professional work at Daimler Truck North America. He suggested it might be valuable to work with a seasoned engineering team as she decided on a career path.

The Design...

Alabama Teammates Complete CCT Coursework

In conjunction with expanding the Vacuum Infusion Processing (VIM) capability at MFG Alabama, 15 teammates recently completed a 3-month internal training program to become accredited Certified Composites Technicians (CCT).

Leading the classes was Alan Fletcher, sales and project manager for MFG Alabama, along with a few of MFG’s key suppliers. Teammates have taken the test administered by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and are awaiting results. Once...

Automated Scanning Improves Inspection of Wind Blades

Wind blades manufactured at MFG SD are now being inspected with the latest automated ultrasonic technology (AUT). The entity is an early adopter of ultrasonic testing, and currently the only manufacturer using an automated ultrasonic scanning system to inspect 100% of all bond lines on new blades.

AUT inspection is a repeatable technique providing a detailed image that can be analyzed to insure that all areas meet specifications. This method provides an accurate, storable record of...

Vinod Arora Joins MFG NC

MFG is pleased announce that Vinod Arora has joined the company as director of materials, processes and technology. According to SVP Joe Wilk, “In this newly created role, Vinod will focus on helping us advance manufacturing processes and practices across all MFG entities.” He will be based in North Carolina.

Vinod brings deep expertise in composites, including the past 10 years at Core Technologies where he was responsible for development and implementation of new composite...

In the Community

MFG Texas — Teammates in Gainesville participated in a food drive for VISTO, an organization that operates and maintains the largest emergency food bank in the county. Shown are (L to R) Jennifer Magallanes (production supervisor), San Juanita Flores (production team lead) and Mark Fasolo (equipment operator).

MFG South Dakota — It’s not every day that professional musicians make an impromptu stop at a fiberglass factory. In October, violinist...

Milestones: New Voice at MFG Tray

After 25 years of service at MFG Tray, the team is saying farewell to Pat Saeger, the long-standing voice of the customer service department. Pat will be greatly missed by the team and customers alike.  

Filling Pat’s shoes is Amanda Johnson who has been part of the Tray accounting team since...

In the Marketplace: New Technote Series: Design Tips for SMC Manufacturability

Hot off the press is the first in a new series of technotes created to provide engineers and others with practical advice on optimization for SMC molding. Each issue will focus on a different challenge, with the first one on structural and esthetic ribs.

To let our customers, prospects and teammates know about the series, each new topic will be announced in the e-update, MFG FLASH. It is published 5 times yearly and reports on compression molding topics. You can subscribe on the...

Standing for Excellence

At a special event in November, MFG Tray acknowledged 19 teammates for perfect attendance during fiscal year 2014. Two teammates were singled out as the company’s attendance superstars — Janice Smock with 11 consecutive years of 100% attendance and Tony Smith with more than 4 years. The commitment and discipline demonstrated by this group is an important factor in consistent performance. Congratulations and thanks to each of these teammates.