New Wind, Energy Market Opportunities for Composite Technology | Renewable Energy Composite Solutions

Company Profile Renewable Energy Composite Solutions (RECS) is a Vancouver, Washington manufacturer of composite parts for the wind energy industry.  A spin-off of Christensen Yachts, RECS was formed to take the composite technology Christensen uses to build ship hulls and diversify into the up and coming renewable energy industry.  The company employs around 150 people. […]

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Flexible Packaging Facility Achieves Highest Food Safety Certification | Portco Packaging


Company Profile Portco Packaging is a flexible packaging solution manufacturer for the food, agriculture, construction and retail markets. The company is located in Woodland, Washington and has 50 employees. Situation Company leaders wanted Portco to obtain the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certification to increase its competitive advantage in the food processing packaging arena. They also […]

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Building Lean Culture for Continuous Improvement | Karcher North America


Company Profile Karcher North America, located in Camas, Washington, is a world leader in the production of hot and cold water pressure washers. Their extensive line includes over 100 different industrial and commercial pressure washers. The Camas plant employs roughly 250 people. Situation Already familiar with lean production system strategies, Karcher knew that a stronger […]

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Project Results in Over Half a Million in Cost Savings | Linear Technology Corp.


Company Profile Linear Technology Corporation is a Vancouver, Washington company that designs, manufactures and markets a broad line of standard high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (IC). They have 200 employees. Applications for the company’s products include cellular telephones, networking products, notebook and desktop computers, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation, automotive electronics, factory automation, process control, and […]

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Persistence and Perseverance Drives a Lean Transformation | ControlTek


Company Profile ControlTek is a Vancouver, Washington manufacturer of custom-printed circuit boards, each unique to the needs of the end product. Owned and operated by the LaFrazia family, ControlTek has proven its success year over year by delivering a quality product and unmatched customer service. The company currently employs 100 people. Situation ControlTek contacted NIST […]

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Strategic Planning for Accelerated Growth | Protech Composites


Company Profile Protech Composites manufactures custom composite carbon fiber sheets and molded carbon fiber parts and products. Based in Vancouver, Washington, the company has nine employees. Situation Protech Composites was at a flex point for growth, generating $1 million in sales with its advanced composite products and showing enormous promise in potential markets. For these […]

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