When It Comes to Adopting Contract Manufacturing Technology and Adding New Metal Stamping Equipment, We Continue to Lead the Way In Our Industry

At Pentaflex, we continue to grow our company by adding new equipment and adopting the latest technologies for contract manufacturing of metal stampings and assemblies. We try our best to stay ahead of manufacturing technology trends and continue to install the latest and best state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the highest quality for our customers. Apparently, we’re doing something right: Many of our customers are repeat customers who come to us from around the world.

 

Adopting new technology is something we’ve never been afraid to do in the 44 years we’ve been in business, providing heavy gauge metal press stampings and assemblies. Pentaflex has been unique in our industry in that we’ve always used high tonnage hydraulic presses as part of the production process. This has allowed us to take on heavy gauge, deep drawn and highly complex parts that many of our competitors decline to quote. We believe it’s a good thing to be unique and on the cutting edge in our industry, and the latest technology and equipment has helped us be there. A recent article from Inc.com says, “Tech adoption is a huge factor in becoming an industry leader… there’s no room at the top for those unwilling to adapt to cutting-edge technologies.”

 

Another business leadership report, this one from Entrepreneur.com, says companies should “have the technology and corporate culture needed to ensure it will have the most productive workforce in its industry and the best interaction with its marketplace.” The Pentaflex team is dedicated to providing superior service to our customers and a quality product at a competitive price.

 

We’re proud of our accomplishments throughout the past four-and-a-half decades and, more recently, the addition of new equipment and technology as part of our expansion that was completed last year. A new press machine and other equipment, HASS, VERSON, CAM bracket cell and new CNC machines are installed and operating at our Springfield, Ohio, USA facility. We also launched our new website last year, taking full advantage of online communication channels to enhance the way we communicate with our customers, old and new, and to reach more prospective customers. (We wrote a blog post about the new website in October 2015.)

 

We’d be happy to tell you more specifics about how we’re serving our customers and how we’re leading the way in adopting new technology and using the latest equipment available to manufacture metal stampings and assemblies. Give us a call at 937-325-5551 or contact us through email at sales@pentaflex.com.

Slowdown Coming for the Trucking and Rail Industry

With low fuel costs, you would think the transportation industry would be seeing big gains. But, unfortunately the opposite is true as a slowing economy and lower freight volumes lead to more trucks and railcars being available.

The trucking industry is responding by reducing workers. ABF Freight Systems recently reduced its workforce by 4% because of the slow economic environment. The predictions for 2016 were optimistically cautious a few months ago but have turned to outright caution even though trucking executives generally expect a stronger second half of the year. But, their outlook for this year is described as uncertain.

The slowdown in freight volume leads to shippers having an easier time finding trucks to hire. This puts them in the driver’s seat to negotiate for better terms. It is still unclear at this time the exact factors that are causing the drop in freight volume. Possibly reasons include excessive inventories, a manufacturing slowdown, reduced demand from the energy sector, or lagging retail sales of winter clothing and equipment due to the warmest December on record.

Workforce reduction isn’t the only belt-tightening measure for the shipping and transportation industry. In response to the lagging economy, new truck builds are being reduced. Truck users may be replacing older models with newer ones but are not buying new trucks outright. Orders are down and layoffs might be coming for OEMs.

The impact of the economy on the trucking industry doesn’t hurt us as greatly as it would other OEMs. The commercial truck components we manufacturer are just one of the many components in our portfolio. Diversification across a wide range of industries and strong capabilities enable us to maintain a solid manufacturing base in uncertain times.

Manufacturing Voices Were Heard By U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives In April

Manufacturing advocates met with legislative representatives at the eight-annual NTMA/PMA One Voice Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Unified as One Voice, the PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) and the NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) took advantage of this opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill.

Pentaflex President and PMA Vice Chairman David Arndt was in attendance at the conference and helped to convey important messages about the major issues facing U.S. manufacturing interests right now to representatives from the U.S. Senate and Congress. Dave met with Senator Rob Portman and Congressional Representatives Jim Jordan, Brad Wenstrup and Marcy Kaptur. The three key messages that were promoted by the PMA representatives and other manufacturing advocates at the meeting were related to tax reform issues, training and recruitment for manufacturing jobs, and regulatory issues.

According to the One Voice newsletter published by the NTMA and the PMA, the specific message to Congress about regulatory issues was, Federal regulators must comply with small business review procedures and honestly analyze how their rules impact the economy. Congress should work to block or repeal unnecessary, ineffective, and harmful EPA, OSHA, and NLRB regulations while working to reform and make transparent the regulatory process. The detailed requests related to regulatory issues were designed to stimulate manufacturing in America, including a request for the EPA to withdraw ozone, power plant and water rules, plus a request that regulators should comply with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), Administrative Procedures Act, and Regulatory Flexibility Act.

The message to Congress about manufacturing jobs was a request to support manufacturing in America by supporting workforce development, job training, recruitment, and placement programs. Additionally, the manufacturing representatives and advocates asked Congress to support skills certifications and national industry-recognized employee credentialing, in addition to expanding the local involvement of small/medium sized manufacturing in the implementation of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Regarding tax reform, the main message was, Dont leave small businesses paying the bill! Tax reform is requested for all manufacturers both C-corporations and pass-through businesses. The One Voice newsletter reports, The only way to grow the economy is through a simplified code that encourages domestic investment with a globally competitive rate.

Please stay tuned to this blog in the upcoming months. Well continue to keep you posted about any progress made as a result of the One Voice Legislative Conference. As a contract manufacturer of metal stampings and assemblies, Pentaflex supplies the commercial truck, automotive, medical and off-road industries, in addition to other manufacturing industries, and were directly impacted by — and invested in — the future of manufacturing in America.

Slowdown Coming for the Trucking and Rail Industry

With low fuel costs, you would think the transportation industry would be seeing big gains. But, unfortunately, the opposite is true as a slowing economy and lower freight volumes lead to more trucks and railcars being available.

The trucking industry is responding by reducing workers. ABF Freight Systems recently reduced its workforce by 4% because of the slow economic environment. The predictions for 2016 were optimistically cautious a few months ago but have turned to outright caution even though trucking executives generally expect a stronger second half of the year. But, their outlook for this year is described as uncertain.

The slowdown in freight volume leads to shippers having an easier time finding trucks to hire. This puts them in the driver’s seat to negotiate for better terms. It is still unclear at this time the exact factors that are causing the drop in freight volume. Possibly reasons include excessive inventories, a manufacturing slowdown, reduced demand from the energy sector, or lagging retail sales of winter clothing and equipment due to the warmest December on record.

Workforce reduction isn’t the only belt-tightening measure for the shipping and transportation industry. In response to the lagging economy, new truck builds are being reduced. Truck users may be replacing older models with newer ones but are not buying new trucks outright. Orders are down and layoffs might be coming for OEMs.

The impact of the economy on the trucking industry doesn’t hurt us as greatly as it would other OEMs. The commercial truck components we manufacturer are just one of the many components in our portfolio. Diversification across a wide range of industries and strong capabilities enable us to maintain a solid manufacturing base in uncertain times.

Open House Celebrates Our Expansion and New Equipment

In a technical industry like ours, it is often difficult to explain to others what it is we do and how we do it. We can get the major points across (we make things) but it is hard to explain the full scope of how involved manufacturing is and how that component goes from raw materials to a finished product. To help bring our work life together with our home life we decided to host an open house so that we could show family and friends the completion of our facility expansion project and our new press line. So, on a bright Sunday in December, we opened our doors and threw a party!

This opportunity lets each employee bring their loved ones to the shop, a sort of Bring Your Family to Work day, to show them what it is they do and the types of machines they are responsible for running. It was fun to demonstrate how selected machines work and we were proud to show off the newly expanded shop.

It was a tremendous success! We hosted 80 employees and their guests (over 200 in total) and we ended the day with a buffet meal and a raffle drawing with prizes generously provided by the company and our suppliers. Everyone enjoyed the relaxed, fun atmosphere.

We are very thankful to all of our dedicated employees who have contributed to the success we have achieved in 2015. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2016!

Happy New Year!
   

 

Pentaflex Will Be Attending FABTECH 2015

FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is the industry’s premier show and conference. Drawing over 40,000 attendees with over 1,500 exhibitors, this is the place to see the newest products and innovations, find the tools you need to be productive, and to meet with industry professionals for technical seminars and expert panel sessions.

Pentaflex will be attending the event again this year, which will be held on Nov. 9th to the 12th at McCormack Place in Chicago. We have attended the show for many years as it is a time for us to connect with others in the industry and with past, present, and future customers. It is here that we get to see the latest trends and newest technology going on within the metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries.

One of the most exciting events is the awards ceremony. The industry recognizes manufacturers who have excelled in certain areas over the past year. For two years in a row Pentaflex has been the recipient of numerous Precision Metalforming Manufacturing Excellence Awards! In 2014 we were selected as the winner in two of seven categories, Safety and Education-Training. In 2013 we were awarded the top prize in the categories of Productivity and Quality Systems. It is truly an honor to be recognized by our peers for the work that we do.

We are looking forward to another year of immersing ourselves in the world of manufacturing outside of our facility. From the exhibits to the panel discussions, the hottest topics in manufacturing are on the table and we are eager to experience all that is new at the event.

For more information on Pentaflex’s capabilities and services, please contact us! If you are interested in attending this year’s FabTech event, please click here.

Pentaflex Launches a New Website

Pentaflex Launches a New Website

In over 40 years in business, Pentaflex has continually grown and has always embraced changes that help us maintain leadership in the metal stamping industry. Our most recent change, a newly redesigned website, highlights our outstanding capabilities and services in an easy to navigate format.

As a specialist in metal stampings for a wide range of industries, we have set up the new website to highlight our innovative capabilities and offer real-world examples of our work. These sections make it simple to see precise components that we have fabricated for specific industries. It’s our goal to make the fabricating process as easy as it can be for each customer and believe this new site, with more user-friendly features, will improve each customer’s experience with Pentaflex.

What will you find on our new website? We have expanded the information on services we provide which include:

Within each category we detail and explain what the service is, how we get it done, and how it is utilized for the best possible manufacturing outcome. As a look inside the workings of all of us here at Pentaflex, this new website reflects the expertise, skill, and reliability we consistently deliver to each and every customer.

Although the look of the site has changed, the people behind the site are still the same dedicated professionals you have depended on in the past. This new format showcases our abilities to produce the top-quality, complex, precision components that Pentaflex is known for throughout the industry.

We hope you will check out the new website and contact us with any questions or comments. As always, we are looking forward to working with you on all your future projects.

Manufacturing Day At Pentaflex

In honor of Manufacturing Day Pentaflex will be hosting Shaefer Middle School and
Springfield-Clark County Career Technology Center for a full tour of our facility. At Pentaflex, we find it our duty to embrace any opportunity that helps us connect today’s youth with modern-day manufacturing. During these tours, we hope to spark interest and answer any questions about what it means to have a career in manufacturing.

The event is schedule for both schools on Friday, October 2nd
, as it’s nationally recognized as Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is an occasion to boost the public’s awareness about manufacturing as well as promote it as a fulfilling career path for younger individuals. It encourages educational institutions and those within the manufacturing industry to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields. Pentaflex participates in Manufacturing Day annually and encourages all other manufacturers around the country to do the same.

We find it important to participate and hope other manufacturers do too. The true message of manufacturing needs to be recognized as manufacturing is all about ingenuity, innovation, and teamwork. We know many young people would enjoy working within engineering and manufacturing but often aren’t given the right information about it or how to pursue it. It is up to those of us within the field to promote its advantages and benefits to the youth in the effort to have modern manufacturing advance even further.
If you would like to host an event or learn more about this important day, please visit www.mfgday.com as they have many helpful tips and information about this initiative.

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Pentaflex Supports Ohio’s Local Farms

While Ohio is commonly known as aOhio Farms long-standing hub of industry, we are also blessed to have a thriving agricultural presence. Indeed, manufacturing and agriculture are the two largest industries in the State.

 

Ohio Farms at PentaflexSo it is no surprisPentaflex Ohioe that we are happy every summer when the farmers markets and farm stands open to provide fresh produce.

Our owner, Julie McGregor, is a big advocate of good food and fresh produce,and she likes to share her passion with the employees at Pentaflex. Every year Julie contracts with a local farm to provide Corn and Tomatoes to all the employees. It is a wonderful gesture and much appreciated. Thanks Julie!

A Big Thank You To Our Pentaflex Interns

manufacturing internsUnfortunately, it is true. All good things must come to an end. It seems like just yesterday that Carissa Myers and Joseph Lacey started with Pentaflex as part of our 2015 summer internship program. We cannot thank them enough for being a part of our team for the summer and the fine job they did as interns.

Pentaflex, in conjunction with the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED was able to provide Carissa and Joseph with an opportunity to experience working in manufacturing.

Three days a week they worked with our Manufacturing Engineer on important programs such as 6s lean strategy, flowcharts during setup activities, time studies and preventive maintenance programs. These are important programs that every manufacturer deals with, but can be very time-consuming.

That is why it was so great to have Carissa and Joseph lend their eyes and ears to gathering data and analyzing it into a useful tool that we can use to improve our processes at Pentaflex. We are very proud of the work they have done and are happy to have provided them with real life experience before heading to their higher education of choice.

Carissa will be heading to Wright State and Joseph will be attending Bowling Green State University this fall. Pentaflex is grateful for their fine work and wish them both much success in their future endeavors.