Making it to the top requires dedication, persistence, and continuous improvement.
Take Tecnova Electronics. The company has been on our Quality Leadership 100 list several times before, but this is the company’s debut as the number-one company.
The Quality Leadership 100 is a ranking based on a survey conducted by BNP Media. In an effort to showcase quality leadership, this annual survey for Quality considers factors such as: continuous improvement and internal quality programs; contribution of quality to profitability and shareholder value; average number of hours that employees receive quality training; scrap and rework as a percentage of sales; warranty costs as a percentage of sales; and registration to various standards such as ISO 9001.
Thank you to all those who participated. And for those companies who made the list, congratulations! Keep doing what you’re doing. If you’d like to be recognized, please keep an eye out for the survey this December and perhaps your company will appear in our 2021 list.
Tecnova Electronics Inc., Waukegan, IL
Last year was the biggest capital expense year in the history of Tecnova Electronics, an ISO-9001 certified electronic contract manufacturer that specializes in building complex electronic assemblies for commercial and industrial applications. In the last year, Tecnova added three new automated optical inspection systems, new SMT equipment, new X-ray parts counter and new laser serial number printer.
“We’ve made a lot of strides with the equipment here as part of our continuing improvement activities,” says quality manager Scott Martin.
This year the company wants to make use of all this new equipment. As Terence Coleman Jr., Tecnova’s new president, points out, quality doesn’t automatically improve “just because something shiny and new shows up in a crate.”
Quality and continuous improvement is something the company takes seriously. This, in turn, has contributed to their growing customer base. But maintaining quality as you grow can be challenging. To ensure that growth doesn’t jeopardize quality, the company has implemented an extensive training program to control process quality and consistency.
As Sean O’Day, senior vice president, says, “It’s like the old phrase, ‘Consistency is the key to quality.’”
It all adds up to a manufacturing success story. Every time I talk to Tecnova, they have some quality news to report, whether it’s a building addition, new staff, or new equipment. Tecnova was ranked as our number-two company on this list last year, and also made the top five list in 2014.
Wescon Controls, Wichita, KS
Wescon Controls provides mission critical controls to the outdoor power equipment market as well as non-automotive controls to the agriculture, construction, powersports vehicles and motorcycle markets. And they’ve been doing a great job at it. Not only did they come in at number-two in this year’s ranking, but their work has gotten plenty of recognition over the years. They’ve been awarded the Honda Power Equipment Supplier of the Year, John Deere Outstanding Supplier Performance, the Cessna Supplier Delegated Inspection Authority, E-Z Go Supplier of the Year, as well as the E-Z Go Quality Supplier of the Year. In short, it sounds as if they are doing something right.
One reason could be the company’s strong commitment to training, offering training in statistical process control (SPC), blueprint reading, and gage handling and measurement techniques. In addition, the company is committed to lean and continuous improvement, and has been ISO 9001 certified since 2003.
Reliance Machine Company, Muncie, IN
Back in 2012 when Chance Stone joined Reliance Machine Company, they weren’t really doing SPC. Today, real-time SPC is a key component of the quality program at this component manufacturer. Within a few minutes of arriving at work, Stone, the quality manager, can check how everything ran the day before.
Established in 1986, the company specializes in CNC machining and assembly and provides Tier One automotive components along with components for agriculture, orthopedic and alternative energy. And they continue to look for ways to improve, often using homegrown solutions.
Thanks to an internally developed database system developed over the past two years, the company is able to have better part traceability, training schedules, and material tracking.
“It just makes us a lot more efficient, a lot less likely to run out of material, or tool items. It’s become a great tool for me,” Stone says. “In the past, I used Excel data, and lots of formulas and data entry. Now it’s real time. I can click, click, click and all of our indicators are right there.”
Another big improvement of late was the adoption of IATF 16949. This helps management engage with the quality system and expands their risk analysis. “We’ve been very fortunate, our quality delivery has been near spotless,” Stone says. “Our ppm’s are really pretty spotless as well.”
In addition, Stone says the company is constantly doing internal audits and yearly third party audits. The new database has impressed both auditors and customers, Stone says. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on our improvements from potential customers during their visits.”
Electromed Inc., New Prague, MN
Knowing that your work helps makes people’s lives better is a good feeling to have. And this is a common feeling for people in Minnesota’s medical corridor, including the staff at Electromed Inc. Electromed designs, manufactures, and markets the SmartVest airway clearance system, for patients with conditions like bronchiectasis or COPD. Chuck Britz, quality engineer, says new hires are immediately trained on the importance of quality. “Everything that they are doing is about a patient receiving a quality product,” Britz says.
As a medical device manufacturer, the company is certified to ISO 13485. This year the company added 8,000 square feet of space to their facility, and acquired a new vision system.
Continuous improvement is key. “I honestly believe that every employee that does a job, within 10 days probably has some idea of how to improve the process. We focus on, ‘Is there a better way to do it?’ Getting employees involved in the quality system has a big impact on how we do things,” says Greg Spurlock, director, engineering and operations.
For companies looking to improve quality, he offers similar advice: “Get the people involved, really encourage their involvement. In internal audits, get employees from different areas, let them go out and learn other areas of the company, help people understand the broader aspect of the quality system,” Spurlock says. “Getting the people involved in continuous improvement is one of the biggest things you can do.”
Jay & Kay Manufacturing LLC, Croswell, MI
Jay & Kay Mfg LLC has been around a while. This customer OEM supplier to the marine industry has been in business for 30 years, providing quality work on-time and with strong customer service. As the company states, “As a full-service manufacturer, we can consistently and efficiently deliver the highest quality product on any project, from design through finished completion. This allows us to offer not only attractive timelines, but also incredible flexibility and ingenuity during every project.”
|1||Tecnova Electronics, Inc.||Waukegan, Illinois||tecnova.com|
|2||Wescon Controls||Wichita, Kansas||Wesconcontrols.com|
|3||Reliance Machine Company||Muncie, Indiana||www.reliancemachinecompany.com|
|4||Electromed, Inc.||New Prague, Minnesota||smartvest.com|
|5||Jay & Kay MFG LLC||Croswell, Michigan||jaykaymfg.com|
|6||Promex Industries||Santa Clara, California||Promex-Ind.com|
|7||WorldPak Flexible Packaging LLC||Reno, Nevada||WorldPakllc.com|
|8||HudsonValley Plastics DBA Pietryka Plastics||Pawling, New York||www.HudsonValleyPlastics.com|
|9||Littlestown Foundry, Inc.||Littlestown, Pennsylvania||www.littlestownfoundry.com|
|10||Airscan inc||Lebanon, New Jersey||www.airscan.com|
|11||Chart Inc.||Ball Ground, Georgia||www.chartindustries.com|
|12||Lee's Grinding, Inc.||Strongsville, Ohio||leesgrinding.com|
|13||Tutamen||San Diego, California||www.tutamen.net|
|14||Harbor Steel and Supply Corporation||Muskegon, Michigan||www.harborsteel.com|
|16||Girtz Industries, Inc.||Monticello, Indiana||girtz.com|
|17||Kelco Industries||Woodstock, Illinois||www.kelcoind.com/|
|18||NN, Inc. Mobile Solutions||Kentwood, Michigan||www.NNINC.com|
|19||Lockheed Martin Aeronautics||Fort Worth, Texas||www.lockheedmartin.com|
|20||Industrial Tool Die & Engineering||Tucson, Arizona||itde.com|
|21||International Sensor Systems Inc.||Aurora, Nebraska||internationalsensor.com|
|22||Mold Precision Engineering, Inc||Simi Valley, California||www.MoldPrecision.com|
|23||NWL||Snow Hill, North Carolina||NWL.com|
|24||Ward Manufacturing Co.||Evanston, Illinois||www.wardmfgco.com/|
|25||Jones Plastic- Williamsburg Division||Williamsburg, Kentucky||www.jonesplastic.com|
|27||Dill Air Controls Products,LLC||Oxford, North Carolina||dillvalves.com|
|28||Atlanta BioMedical Corporation||Suwanee, Georgia||ABCBiomedical.com|
|29||Hub Folding Box||Mansfield, Massachusetts||www.hubfoldingbox.com|
|30||Kreis Tool||Elgin, Illinois||Kreis.com|
|31||Page & Pedersen, Inc.||Hopkinton, Massachusetts||www.pagepedersen.com|
|32||Greidert Precision, Inc.||Escondido, California|
|33||Brookhaven National Laboratory||Upton, New York||www.bnl.gov/|
|34||PTR Tool and Plastics, LLC||Meadville, Pennsylvania||www.ptrtoolandplastics.com|
|35||Sub-Zero Group, Inc.||Goodyear, Arizona||Subzero.com|
|36||Schrader Pacific Inc||Altavista, Virginia||schrader-pacific.com|
|37||ORCO Precision Machine||Cuba, Missouri||www.orcopm.com|
|38||Five Landis Corp||Concord Twp., Ohio||www.fivesgroup.com|
|39||Total Joint Orthopedics||Salt Lake City, Utah||tjoinc.com|
|41||RJG, Inc.||Traverse City, Michigan||www.rjginc.com|
|42||QMS Inc||Glasgow, Kentucky||qms-ky.com|
|43||Resin Systems||Amherst, New Hampshire||Resinsystems.com|
|44||Surface Optics Corporation||San Diego, California||surfaceoptics.com|
|45||Biosense Webster, Inc.||Irvine, California||biosensewebster.com|
|46||Henniges Automotive - Oklahoma Division||Frederick, Oklahoma||hennigesautomotive.com|
|47||Inventive Safety Solutions||Auburn, Ohio||iss.com|
|49||Man2succeed Center for Business Excellence||Hosur, Tennessee||man2succeed.in|
|51||Sparqtron Corp||Fremont, California||www.sparqtron.com|
|52||JAIN Irrigation Inc.||Fresno, California||www.jains.com|
|54||Eaton||Peachtree City, Georgia||Eaton.com|
|55||WIRIC||Rochester Hills, Michigan||www.wiric.com|
|57||Accu-Turn Inc.||Union Grove, Wisconsin||accu-turn.net|
|58||Advanced Materials Joining Corporation DBA Advanced Technology Company||Pasadena, California||at-co.com|
|59||PJF Inc||Rockford, Michigan||www.pjfinc.com|
|60||Yokohama Tire Corporation||Cornelius, North Carolina||yokohamatire.com|
|61||Stanley Black & Decker||New Britain, Connecticut||www.stanleyblackanddecker.com|
|62||Schaeffler Group||Fort Mill, South Carolina||www.schaeffler.com|
|63||TURBOCAM International||Barrington, New Hampshire||www.turbocam.com|
|64||Jireh Metal Products||Grandville, Michigan||www.jirehmetal.com|
|65||LNS America, Inc.||Cincinnati, Ohio||LNS-Group.com|
|66||BMP America Inc.||Medina, New York||www.bmpworldwide.com|
|67||Quantum Plastics Raleigh Division||Kenly, NC, North Carolina||QuantumPlastics.com|
|68||Dak Americas||Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi||www.alpek.com/polyester.html|
|70||LND, Inc.||Oceanside, New York||www.LNDINC.com|
|71||Seabee Cylinders||Hampton, Iowa||www.seabeecylinders.com|
|73||Hans Rudolph, Inc.||Shawnee, Kansas||www.rudolphkc.com|
|74||AusculSciences Canada Inc.||Ottawa, New York||www.ausculsciences.com|
|75||Turner-Industries||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||www.turner-industries.com|
|76||Metal Treaters, Inc.||St. Paul, Minnesota||Metaltreaters.com|
|77||L3Harris Sonoma EO||Santa Rosa, California||www.l3t.com|
|78||Film Tech LLC||Stanley, Wisconsin||filmtechllc.com|
|79||BlueScope Buildings North America||Kansas City, Missouri|
|80||Cahoon Farms Inc.||Wolcott, New York||cahoonfarms.com|
|81||dbm Optix inc||Montreal, Canada||www.dbmoptix.com|
|83||AJR, Inc.||Marion, Indiana|
|84||Keshrup Systems Pvt Ltd||Vasai East, Indiana||www.keshrup.com|
|86||NDT Solutions LLC||New Richmond, Wisconsin||www.ndts.com|
|87||KBD Group||Atlanta, Georgia||kbd.group|
|88||LESER LLC||Charlotte, North Carolina||www.leser.com|
|89||Rocore a Kelvion Company||Burkesvile, Kentucky||www.kelvion.com|
|90||LORD Corporation||Erie, Pennsylvania||www.lord.com|
|91||Sputtering Components, Inc.||Owatonna, Minnesota||www.sputteringcomponents.com|