Metcam’s “Manufacturing Success Story” Takes to the Air Waves

Bruce Hagenau, president and co-owner of Metcam, the 2018 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year, went on Supply Chain Now Radio to discuss his professional path, the evolution of the company, its core principles and new initiatives, and present industry challenges. “We are still, I think, the only independent sheet metal fabricator in the Southeast that […]

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High Standards: Starting from the Bottom

Every business, manufacturing or otherwise, should strive to develop a strong foundation. When commitment to excellence and quality initiatives also flow from the bottom up in an organization, then great performance will no doubt follow. “ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an industry standard, but most companies have a quality manager that drives everything,” said […]

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Quality Is Still Job #1 in Manufacturing

Quality is still Job #1 in manufacturing. A recent “scorecard” from a Metcam customer showed only three parts rejected for a whole month. “By zeroing in and eliminating waste – wasted motion, time, materials – we become more efficient, make better parts,” said Metcam Vice President Jerry Ward. “All of this is with the intention of […]

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On The Air: Metcam’s Lean Leader

It is no secret that Metcam was Georgia’s Manufacturer of the Year in 2018. It’s also shouldn’t be a secret that the path there required great leadership, guided by experience, a tireless commitment to improvement and constant focus on what matters the most. “We’re always trying to eliminate waste – wasted motion, time, materials,” Jerry Ward, […]

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Lean & Green Go This Team

Successful competitors must see how they measure up against others. Successful companies know that the biggest competition is with oneself. The spirit of self- or continuous improvement that drives daily business decisions and connects them with long-term goals is essential. As a lean manufacturer, Metcam believes that anything that doesn’t add value is waste, but […]

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A Three-Decade Labor of Love

As Labor Day approached, it was natural to reflect on a job well done. Metcam founders Bruce Hagenau and Jerry Ward, with their team of 150 dedicated employees, can now celebrate three decades’ worth of precision sheet metal fabrication, finishing, assembly and logistics. “Longevity and staying power are certainly things to be proud of, but […]

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Industrial Real Estate Braces for Effects of Steel Tariffs

From APRIO by Sandi Buttram The industrial real estate sector is bracing for the impact of recent steel tariffs on two fronts. Industrial manufacturers could see their bottom line shifting as the cost of production increases. And industrial/distribution facility construction costs could rise with the price of raw materials. “Pricing has gone up significantly just […]

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