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    Sterman Masser Potato Farms

    MRC’s Lean training, coaching and certification projects enabled Sterman Masser to improve production and realize cost savings of at least $50,000.

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    Freshpet turned to MRC for a long list of projects including Training Within Industry (TWI) for both employees and trainers, initiatives to reduce sanitation downtime on two legacy production lines, and problem solving and continuous improvement on sanitation processes, dry batch, and other production areas.

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    Innovative Office

    Innovative Office Products needed to decrease on hand inventory to support daily production. MRC created a Kaizen event for employees. As a result of the event, productivity improved 33% with the additional operations incorporated into the work center.

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    Bracalente Manufacturing

    Bracalente Manufacturing Company, a leader in precision machined parts for highly specialized markets, needed to maintain customer satisfaction levels and encourage repeat business. The MRC Lean6 team conducted multiple continuous improvement events, resulting in significantly reduced setup times and costs.

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    Apollo Metals

    Apollo Metals, Ltd. located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania employs nearly 125 people to produce chrome, nickel, brass, and copper plated steel, among a variety of pre-polished and non-ferrous metals.

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    Rhetech needed to maintain quality and keep costs competitive. MRC conducted a VSM of their production area and identified possible waste elimination and productivity improvements, resulting in a significant reduction in cycle time per unit.

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    Weatherly Casting & Machine Co.

    Weatherly Casting & Machine Co. is an iron and iron alloy foundry supplying the material handling and power generation industries, as well as pump and other durable good manufacturers. Since 1900, this Weatherly, Pennsylvania-based company has played an integral role in the evolution of industry throughout the United States.

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    Packaging Horizons Corporation

    The company turned to Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), a NIST MEP affiliate, on a TDMI project to explore Near Field Communications (NFC) as a potential source of information transfer to eliminate problems associated with human entry of bag/contents data.

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    Bracalente Manufacturing Group

    Bracalente Manufacturing Group (BMG) is a family-owned and operated, contract manufacturing solutions provider based in Trumbauersville, Pennsylvania.

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    Highwood USA

    Highwood USA is a Tamaqua, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of premium synthetic products that mimic the look of wood and other natural materials.