Success Stories

Success Stories

Every client, situation, and project is unique. The Georgia Tech team works to understand each company’s individual needs and customize a solution that best fits those needs. We strive to gain measurable results for our clients, which we then report up to the NIST MEP organization on a quarterly basis. These success stories are compiled at the conclusion of various projects and are a testament to the relationships built and the teamwork that Georgia Tech and each of our clients have.

High-End Shirt Manufacturer Reconfigures their Space and Process to Support Future Growth Plan

Eton |  Warehouse Layout

Eton, a high-end maker of tailored men’s shirts and accessories, needed assistance to redevelop their warehouse space and flow in order to help plan for 40 percent year over year growth. Learn more

Contract Chemical Manufacturer Uses Lean Techniques to Keep Customer Costs Down

Helena Industries |   Lean, Value Stream Mapping

Helena Industries, a subsidiary of Helena Chemical Company, is a contract toll manufacturer with emphasis on the agricultural industry. When increasing costs threatened their ability to offer competitive pricing,  the company sought help to identify hidden cost savings opportunities. Learn more

Family Owned Manufacturer Shines with New Cleaning Product

Cushion by Design  |   Product Development

Almost 20 years ago in Dalton, Ga., Charlie Hubbs founded Cushion by Design, a small manufacturing company making high-end padding to support the carpet industry. Charlie’s son Zach, the company’s COO, noticed an opportunity to transform an existing technology into a new consumer product, and the Peachy Clean® scrubber was born.  Learn more

Golf Car Manufacturer Changes Traffic Patterns to Maximize Employee Safety

E-Z-GO  |   Lean Consortium

E-Z-GO began as a one-room machine shop in Augusta, Ga. Two brothers realized they could build a better golf cart than any that was currently on the market. Nearly half a century later, the company was named one of IndustryWeek‘s top 10 manufacturing plants in North America. As part of their dedication to continuous improvement, E-Z-GO joined Augusta’s Lean Consortium four years ago, resulting in $500,000 new sales and $250,000 worth of cost-saving opportunities.  Learn more

CEO Finds Support in Monthly Discussions with Manufacturing Company Leaders

Flex-Tec  |   CEO Forum

Flex-Tec is a wire preparation and harness assembly company who has stayed in business since 1985, focusing solely on the North American business market. Facing many difficult decisions in the current economic climate, Flex-Tec’s CEO was seeking an outlet to discuss the challenges many business owners face. He discovered exactly that opportunity in the GaMEP’s CEO forum: a confidential monthly meeting where CEOs share and learn from one another’s experiences. Learn more

Seeking New Heights: Strategic Planning Fosters Vertical Market Expansion for Manufacturer

Prime Technological Services   |   Strategic Business Development

Prime Technological Services is a moderate-volume, high-mix Electronic Manufacturing Services provider located in Suwanee, Ga. When the company changed hands six years ago, lean processes and culture were implemented into the facility, creating excess capacity. With the help of the GaMEP, company leaders capitalized on the opportunity to expand their business into two new vertical markets. Learn more

National Non-Profit Provides People with Disabilities the Tools to Thrive in Manufacturing Jobs

Easter Seals Middle Georgia   |   Lean, Workforce Development

Easter Seals Middle Georgia operates five manufacturing facilities. Since receiving a large federal contract in 1990, the organization has partnered with numerous central Georgia manufacturers in contracting opportunities. Easter Seals Middle Georgia now employs approximately 300 persons with disabilities in providing services to these local manufacturers. Learn more

GaMEP Connects an Access Control Technology Manufacturer to Prospective Customers

Digitus Biometrics   |   Market Expansion

Savannah-based Digitus Biometrics was founded in 2005 as a biometric access control company that utilized fingerprint technology to secure areas. In order to continue to grow their business, Digitus Biometrics worked with the GaMEP to identify prospective customers. Learn more

Sheet Metal Fabricator Turns its CEO’s Interest into a New Business Venture

Albany Sheet Metal - Portable Deer Feeder

Albany Sheet Metal   |   Product Development, Technology Scouting

Ken Drawdy, owner of Drawdy Roofing and Vinyl Siding and Albany Sheet Metal, is an avid hunter who realized a need in the marketplace for a portable deer feeder that was easy to ship, break down, and put back together. Since he owned a sheet metal fabrication business, he thought this was the perfect opportunity to blend his two interests together to customize a unique and marketable product to an existing market. Learn more

Aerospace Metal Finishing Company Utilizes Lean Practices to Create Growth Opportunities

Dynamic Paint Solutions   |   Value Stream Mapping

DPS is a family-owned full-service metal finishing company located in Eastman, Ga. The company, which exclusively serves the aerospace industry, has grown to 70 employees since its inception eight years ago. Because of their key role in the aerospace industry, DPS not only has to meet stringent quality standards, but must also accommodate production demands that vary considerably over time. Learn more

Peachtree City Maker of print quality inspection systems outsources ISO 9001 auditing to Georgia Tech

Label Vision Systems   |   ISO 9001

Quality had always been highly valued by LVS, but it became more important when the company wanted to expand into the pharmaceutical and medical device equipment markets. By working with GaMEP, LVS has saved time and resources by streamlining the approach to maintaining ISO certification. Learn more

Headed in the Right Direction: Value-stream mapping helps gas-regulator manufacturer improve production flow

Harris Products Group   |   Value Stream Mapping

Harris Products Group, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Co., houses one of its five global manufacturing plants in Gainesville, Ga. As part of its continuous drive for improvement, Harris wanted to see if it could improve its process for readying chrome-plated components for assembly into its gas-pressure regulators. Learn more

Getting Its House in Order: Ecolink achieves ISO 9001 certification and improves marketability and internal efficiency

Ecolink   |   ISO 9001

Ecolink always had a long-term goal of obtaining ISO 9001 certification. In early 2011, however, the long-term goal became an immediate one. That’s when one of Ecolink’s largest aerospace clients told the firm its future business was at risk without the ISO certification. Learn more

Suwanee Scrub Dispensing Machine Manufacturer Finds Success with a Niche Marketplace

IPA   |   Value Stream Mapping, Kanban

Eighteen years ago, IPA, a contract and design manufacturing company, found a niche in the marketplace while it was working with a linen distribution client. Hospitals at the time were using rotational conveyors or wire racks to hold the scrubs worn by hospital personnel. As a way to keep scrubs on the shelf and ensure they were returned for cleaning once used, IPA patented an idea for a scrub machine. Learn more

Creating a Masterpiece: Lawrenceville Manufacturer of Artist Canvas Creates a Lean Culture

Tara Materials   |   Lean, Kaizen

In 1963, two paintbrush salesmen changed the coating process used for artist canvases from a hand process to a mass produced process. By purchasing a textile machine, rolling the fabric and applying gesso material continuously instead of sheet by sheet, Tara Materials was born. Today, Tara Materials, a privately-owned company headquartered in Lawrenceville, Georgia, operates three facilities, manufacturing plants in Lawrenceville and Tijuana, Mexico, and a distribution center in San Diego. Learn more

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