Friday, March 02, 2001

Industry notes: Manufacturing

Cincinnati Machine wins $3M order

        Cincinnati Machine, the Oakley machine tool unit of Unova Co., has won a more than $3 million order for a three-spindle gantry-type metal profiler from Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory in Shanghai, China.

        Shanghai Aircraft has a 10-year contract from Boeing Commercial Airplane Group to supply 1,500 sets of horizontal stabilizer parts for the Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Shanghai Aircraft has a long history as a component supplier to Boeing. It also has a number of Cincinnati machine tools including another five-axis gantry profiler and two other smaller metal profilers.

Ellison acquires Tennessee Coatings

        Ellison Surface Technologies,the Hebron thermal spray coating company, has expanded with the acquisition of Tennessee Coatings Inc., a Wartburg, Tenn., coating supplier to original equipment manufacturers and distributors.

        The purchase price wasn't disclosed. Ellison, founded in 1986 and a thermal spray coating supplier to the aerospace and industrial markets, said Tennessee, which employs about 30, offers coatings for a variety of materials including solid film lubricants for rubber and metal.

        “We are very selective when evaluating acquisitions,” president Mike Ellison said. “Prospective companies must offer significant growth potential, and they must demonstrate a corporate culture that matches our own.”

        With the acquisition, Ellison, which also includes Accelerated Technologies Inc., a rapid-prototyping company, operates four businesses at seven locations employing 185.

Colby consulting adds Mexican client

        Edwin H. Colby Associates, a Fort Mitchell manufacturing consulting firm, has added a Tijuana, Mexico, plastics production and assembly plant as a client.

        Colby said it has completed a major operational assessment for Kenmex S.A. de C.V., and it will implement lean manufacturing techniques at the plant that employs 1,900.

Occidental Chemical wins OSHA award

        Occidental Chemical Corp.'s silicates plant in Bond Hill this week was named a Star site in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program, which recognizes labor and management cooperation to improve worker health and safety.

        The 19-employee Occidental Chemical plant is the third site in Cincinnati to earn OSHA's Star site award and the 21st in Ohio. The company and employees were recognized Thursday at a luncheon at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Basco plant will show how it's done

        Midwest Manufacturing Solutions, the downtown Cincinnati manufacturing improvement firm, is offering a free opportunity to learn how Basco, the Mason manufacturer of shower door enclosures, has improved its operations with lean manufacturing techniques.

        A benchmarking plant tour of Basco's operations will be 6-8:15 p.m. March 22. The tour will include an overview of the company's improvements, including a 30 percent increase in productivity and a nearly 100 percent improvement in delivery time. Basco was one of two companies featured in a benchmarking event sponsored by Midwest in January.

        Information: Call Christina Mann at 381-7200, extension 130.

        Mike Boyer covers manufacturing for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Have news? Call him at 768-8494, e-mail at or fax 564-6991.


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