Knowing what a customer needs is half the battle. Having the ability to actually provide it is where true victory comes in. Plating Technology, with plants in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, has organized its entire operation around what its customers need. The ISO 9001:2008-certified company is the largest alloy plater in North America and provides tin-zinc, zinc-nickel, zinc-iron and electroless nickel plating. It also provides anodizing and organic coatings.

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WIX Filters is a pioneer in the automotive filter industry that continues to innovate more than 70 years after its founding. Customers who opt for WIX are getting a quality product that is built to last from a company that manufactures more than 200 million innovative and durable filters around the world.

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In business for more than 65 years, Hitchiner has become a leading supplier of complete-to-print, high-volume, complex thin-wall investment castings, as well as fully finished casting-based subassemblies and components. Hitchiner leads the industry in high volume production, reduced lead-times and just-in-time manufacturing, and has the world’s highest unit-volume investment casting capacity.

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American manufacturing is poised for a comeback thanks to companies such as Wauseon Mach­ine and Manufacturing (WMM). Found­­­ed as a small contract machine shop in 1983, the company continues to evolve as it nears its 30th anniversary in 2013.

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An international standards and testing organization with more than 100 years of service headquartered in London can be and is located practically everywhere. But Intertek did not want to miss out on having its automotive business line headquartered in what is still the automotive capital of the United States if not the world – southeastern Michigan.

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Global expansion is a high priority for Tube-Mac Industries Inc. (TMI). The Stoney Creek, Ontario-based company, which manufactures non-welded hydraulic piping systems and components, recently expanded its Madrid office into a full warehouse facility and opened another office just outside of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the international offices and two U.S.-based facilities, the company also has distributors and agents throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. This year, the company expects to complete an acquisition in Europe, furthering its presence on the continent.

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