Our member spotlight this month is Tiger Jaw, a company that manufactures and sells a vareity of easy-to-use ratcheting hand shears, loppers and pruners worldwide. At a recent 3i Show in Dodge City, KS, the company connected with the GPTMC and was interested in being a part of its Great Plains regional network to access manufacturing resources to assist their company.
One of the resources that the company was interested in accessing was a new tool design for the Cedar Lopper, a successful product that helped move the company forward during the pandemic. The GPTMC was able to connect them with an engineer at the KSU Technolgoy Development Institute (TDI) to begin developing options for a new design of the product.
In addition to design assistance, Tiger Jaw is looking to find potential manufacturers in the region that are capable of producing their products. The owners of the company see the impacts that the supply chain has on companies and would like to have more local and regional suppliers and manufacturers to work with. "Through strategic planning and ensuring our product inventory amounts stay high, we have been able to navigate through supply chain issues and will continue to plan and be flexible with future orders should we encounter delays. Our goal is to have our product completely manufactured locally to avoid these issues." - Kevin Stafford - Owner.
The owners of Tiger Jaw have been involved with the industry for 25 years, and are very passionate about their products and business. Through close relationships with their customers, they continue to discover and meet their needs through innovative features on their tools that provide more leverage and less fatigue, which is beneficial for users that suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel. The company has big plans to enter into retail stores and would like to connect with manufacturers in the GPTMC community that can assist with producing their products and/or parts. If your company is interested in connecting with Tiger Jaw to help with their production, please visit and contact them through www.tigerjaw.com.
Our member spotlight this month is Nutri-Shield Preservatives of Courtland, Kansas. The company is a small manufacturer and supplier of food grade preservatives made from ingredients such as calcium and sodium propionate, potassium sorbate, and more for food manufacturers and bakery businesses worldwide.
Nutri-Shield was founded over 30 years ago out of the interest in food preservation from overseas connections. They develop approximately 10 product blends - 9 dry and 1 liquid - as well as custom blends of the same ingredients that they currently have on-hand. What makes Nutri-Shield stand out to other food preservative manufacturers is that they have a patented manufacturing process that eliminates the color, smell and taste that is commonly associated when using chemical preservatives in food, and are SQF certified. The company also has the capability to run all sizes of orders, and will produce made-to-order products for their customers, which allows for flexibility to meet their customer’s needs.
The company experienced a number of challenges in regards to supply chain and manufacturing issues throughout the pandemic. They dealt with this by leveraging multiple vendors to bring down costs and improve lead times, and were also diligent about communicating with their current customers about lead times and prices changes as well. Through the tremendous help of the Republic County Economic Development organization, Nutri-Shield was able to connect with local and state resources, such as the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC) and USDA, to access grants to make their production lines more efficient and to further expand into international markets through the KDC’s Mexico office. “It is so important to ensure that you have the right people and culture to move your company forward. By tapping into our local and state resources, we have been able to overcome many issues and are preparing for future growth. We greatly appreciate the assistance from our economic development group to help us get these grants!” Mandi Sandberg, Plant Manager. Nutri-Shield’s goals for 2022 and beyond are straight forward: achieve steady revenue growth, recertify their SQF certification, and capitalize on growth opportunities in several key international markets. The company is interested in connecting with new suppliers that can assist with raw materials, packaging and transportation, as well as companies that service stainless steel food grade equipment. For more details about the company, please visit their website at https://www.nutri-shield.com/.
Our member spotlight this month is MJE Livestock Equipment (MJE LE) of Montezuma, Kansas. The company designs and develops livestock equipment, and is a full-scale manufacturing division of its parent company, MJE, LLC, a leading contractor in dairy and feedyard construction.
With over 45 years of experience, MJE LLC is a leading company in the agricultural industry. The company started out with excavating work, and then transitioned to dairy and feedyard facility development. As the company continued to install livestock equipment at many feedyards, they utilized their expertise and expanded a manufacturing division in 2018 where they create custom livesock fence panels, materials, handling equipment and more. Although MJE LE is young, it has proven to be successful. Their newest wheel corral, The Conquistador, is the only one of its kind and comes with road-ready features. Another successful product, the Calf Hutch Latch, was named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year at the 2020 World Ag Expo in California.
The company strives to make their facility a positive work environment for all employees. To accomplish this, MJE LE put new incentives in place such as: $500 sign-on bonus, additional $25/day per diem if employees live more than 15 miles from the facility, and a "refer a friend" bonus if employees refer someone who applies and is hired. Since starting these incentives, the company has seen a positive increase in their employment. "These incentives have really helped with workforce issues in both our manufacturing and construction crews. We highly recommend doing some kind of incentive to solve workforce challenges." - Megan Elsey, Public Relations. The company also sends quarterly newsletters for their employees to inform them of company updates, events and incentive programs.
In addition, MJE LE stays connected with the community and surrounding resources by being active in the Montezuma Chamber of Commerce, working with local businesses to make parts, and by participating in a recent manufacturing roundtable with the GPTMC. These connections have allowed them to become familiar with the community, learn from other manufacturers, and to share new ideas.
MJE LE strives to make the jobs of farmers and ranchers easier and to keep livestock happy and healthy through their innovative, American-Made equipment. The company plans to expand their product line to include more Equine livestock equipment and will continue to build upon their Dealership Network. Learn more about the company at www.mjelivestockequipment.com.
This month's member spotlight is Curtis Machine Company from Dodge City, Kansas. The company is a certified, woman-owned small business that designs and manufactures gearboxes and precision machined parts for the military, agricultural, petroleum, food processing and other industries.
In 1946, Curtis Machine was founded with a lathe, milling machine and welder at the Curtis family home, where its first contracted job was to manufacture a gearbox. Today, in a 56,000 square foot facility, the company continues to stick to its roots, and has become one of the largest manufacturers in North America of right-angle and off-angle bevel gearboxes, reverse engineered units, and a variety of gears. Throughout these years, Curtis has achieved many awards, including the WKMA New Product of the Year award in 2017 for their Stainless Steel 1:1 Spiral Bevel Gearbox, as well as a GSA Schedule Contract.
The company's 76 years of technical and engineering experience allow them to design various gearboxes in custom ratios and dimensions. A feature that makes their products stand out is its unique straddle mounted bearings design, which allows the gearboxes to have more horsepower capacity per unit, as well as better lubrication, symmetry, and compactness. With over 6000 assemblies and ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certifications, Curtis Machine is well-known by many OEMs and is capable of creating customized products to meet their needs.
To continue to meet demands and increase capabilities, Curtis Machine is adding members to its team by working with the Great Plains TMC's Talent Search Program and creating new marketing efforts. The company is also interested in developing new relationships with customers, suppliers and distributors throughout the region. If you are interested in the company's services and products, please view their video at https://streamable.com/f3lz58 or website at www.curtismachine.com.
Our member spotlight this month is Osborne Industries from Osborne, Kansas. The company is one of the largest employers in the North Central Kansas region and has two main divisions: manufacturing and distributing a proprietary line of livestock management equipment, and custom molding services for domestic original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across several industries, including military, construction, medical and agriculture.
Osborne Industries was founded in 1973 by local community leaders interested in providing jobs for the community and surrounding areas in the region. They produced the Stanfield heat mat, which is an electric, under-body animal heater developed through a method of fiberglass-reinforced plastic molding. Since then, the company has grown into a fully diversified, 100% employee-owned organization with products distributed to more than 40 different countries.
The company strives to be a leading manufacturer of thermosetting composites via Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Reaction Injection Molding (RIM), and has been recognized by many of their top OEM customers with suppliers’ awards, on-time deliveries, and high-quality parts. As the company is located in a rural area, they have become self-reliant to support their manufacturing process, but have also been able to utilize partners, such as the K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI) to assist with adding value to their products and capabilities. Osborne has had a long partnership with TDI that has resulted in many collaborations, including the exploration of automated manufacturing technologies.
With nearly 50 years of experience, Osborne Industries is a valuable resources for the Great Plains region in custom-molded plastic parts and livestock equipment. The company is always looking for opportunities to connect with new companies, suppliers and partners to develop new products, access new markets, and improve their manufacturing capabilities. For more information, please visit. https://osborne-ind.com.
Our member spotlight is Titan Trailers from Waterville, Kansas. The company manufacturers a full line of trailers, including livestock, flatbed,utility, dump and cargo trailers to fulfill their customers needs.
As a family owned company with a large dealership based across the US and Canada, Titan Trailer is known for developing trailers that are built to last and “Titan Tough”. Their trailers can withstand the wear and tear of livestock and heavy materials through everyday use. The company’s technical knowledge and manufacturing flexibility allow them to build a line of standard trailers as well as develop custom trailers to fit their customer’s needs.
Titan met a growing need in the marketplace for a smaller, lightweight trailer to transport side-by-side recreational vehicles by developing a trailer that could be quickly constructed in between larger production runs to fill any downtime. In an effort to document the design and structural integrity of the new trailers, the company applied for an EDA CARES Act Innovation Stimulus Program grant from the K-State Technology Development Institute for engineering validation of the design. TDI was able to provide Titan with a complete CAD model, conducted FEA analysis to verify loading capacity and suggested design improvements to further enhance the strength of the design.
Titan Trailers continues to manufacture trailer which exceed customer expectations and are always seeking to develop innovative products to suit their customer’s needs. If you are interested in learning more about the company, please visit their site at www.titantrailer.com.
Our member spotlight this month is SmartGunz, LLC in Baldwin City, Kansas. The company is developing the next generation of personal security through the integration of RFID technology with firearms. The technology is designed to prevent unauthorized users from firing the weapon as well as reduce the possibility of an accidental discharge event.
The company states “Our sole purpose for launching SmartGunz LLC is to save both law enforcement and civilian lives –full stop.”In an effort to accomplish this, the company uses a patent pending lock-out technology that is integrated with an RFID reader that is installed in the firearm. The smart fun is supplied with an RFID tag that can be placed in a ring or glove that is worn by the individual authorized to use the firearm. When the tag Is in close proximity to the firearm, the lock-out mechanism disengages and the firearm operates in a traditional manner.
SmartGunz, LLC has worked with a number of Kansas resources to both validate the market opportunity and develop the technology inside the firearm. These critical business partners include the KU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI). The company was recently awarded a Proof of Concept Grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce to complete its electronics board designs and move them into commercial production. The product is in its final development stages and plans to begin beta testing in January 2022.
The company is currently taking pre-orders for the smart gun through their e-commerce website and is seeking to expand sales and growth through the creation of a distribution network across North America and worldwide. If you are interested in learning more about the company or its innovative technology, please visit their website at https://smartgunz.co.
Our member spotlight this month is ShieldAg Equipment from Hutchinson, Kansas. The company designs, manufactures and distributes an innovative line of agricultural products throughout the U.S. and world. These products include fertilizer application tools, conservation and primary tillage tools, subsoilers, disc rippers, chisels, fertilizer knives, cultivators, planters, grain drill parts and more.
ShieldAg’s history begins in Hutchinson, where it was originally founded as Welders Supply Co. Through the years, it became more involved with agricultural tools and equipment,and eventually became Shield Ag Equipment to reflect its focus on modern agriculture. The company is a well-known leader in their industry, as they partner with over 2000 distributors and dealers across the US and 6 foreign countries,and are involved with many community and regional organizations.
The company’s president, Mike Bergmeier, is very passionate about his company and about developing new relationships within the whole agricultural industry. He is involved with the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Advisory Board and the annual Ag Growth Summit each year. Through this summit, his company has benefited from new relationships developed with Kansas agricultural companies that resulted in new products and export market expansions into Europe. In July, he participated in KDA’s Ag Equipment Manufacturing industry sector event in partnership with K-State TDI and Kansas Manufacturing Solutions that focused on supply chain. His company will also be represented in the October Ag Equipment Manufacturing event that will also feature ShieldAg’s partnering companies, Farmada and SureFire Ag. They will talk about their collaborative relationship to innovate and market the Farmada NH3 toolbar.
ShieldAg is always seeking synergistic opportunities to form partnerships, launch new products, reach new markets, and grow the agricultural industry. For more information about our member spotlight, please visit https://www.shieldag.com/.
Our member spotlight this month is Dragon-Line from Ulysses, Kansas. The company develops a patented, agricultural technology that combines drip irrigation with pivot irrigation. This process applies water and nutrients directly to the soil and prevents evaporation, water runoff, wheel track issues, plant shock and potential plant diseases.
Southwest Kansas entrepreneur and CEO, Monty Teeter, has many years of experience with center pivots and drip irrigation systems. His development of the Dragon-Line was to help conserve water and ensure that natural resources were being utilized as efficiently as possible. Water conservation has become especially important in the Southwest part of the state where the Ogallala Aquifer continues to be depleted at an alarming rate. The reduced amount of fresh water reserves is becoming an increasing problem around the world which is driving demand for more efficient irrigation systems. Through his passion and determination, Dragon-Line has become a recognized brand name around the world and was named the Kansas Department of Commerce Exporter of the Year in 2020.
In an effort to continue the company’s innovative initiatives, the company was researching new ways to improve the functionality by developing a series of quick connect brackets. In order to evaluate alternative designs and to test functionality, the company reached out to the K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI) for assistance designing and prototyping several designs and different materials needed to meet the customer requirements. Through several prototyped brackets of different designs and metal compositions TDI was able to identify a material and design that provided the spring functionality the company desired.
Dragon-Line continues to be a leader in water conservation technologies for the irrigation industry and is always looking for local suppliers to provide them with component parts for their assemblies. For more information about the company, please visit www.dragonline.net.
Our member spotlight this month is Steel and Pipe Supply (SPS) in Manhattan, Kansas. The company is a Midwest distributor of carbon steel products with 2 additional locations that process steel coils into sheet and plate products.
In the 1930s, the company started out selling hide, wool and steel/metal scrap. The steel operation quickly became the focus of the business, which created Steel and Pipe Supply.Today, the company’s core is financing and distributing steel products, along with laser and plasma cutting to offer first stage fabrication services to meet customer’s needs.
As steel supply tightened during the pandemic, SPS saw first-hand how supply chain issues impacted manufacturers.In an effort to support manufacturers through the crisis, the company stocks a broad, deep inventory of products. It sells the products on open credit terms,allowing customers to bypass the red tape involved in dealing with banks or steel mills. These measures help ensure their customers can be responsive to demands for their own products and having raw materials readily available.
SPS has recently supported the Kansas Department of Agriculture as they develop an industry subsector cluster for Ag Equipment Manufacturers in Kansas. Co-President Clint Johns spoke at a virtual meeting of this group, discussing factors that have led to high costs and delays in steel supply, projections and possible scenarios for the future and what Ag Equipment Manufacturers can do to ensure their needs are met. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to share insights about the current volatile dynamics happening now and into the future related to supply and demand of the global steel industry.” –Clint Johns.
The company is always looking for ways to support small businesses and to continuously improve their products and services. They are in the process of upgrading their cut-to-length coil process line in Houston, TX with stretcher leveling capabilities to help meet the increasing demand for laser flat sheet and plate. If you have questions, they would be glad to talk with any manufacturer about ideas for bringing stability to their steel supply chain. Please visit their website at http://steelandpipe.com/.
Our member spotlight this month is J&J Precision Machining LLC in Natoma, Kansas. The company provides full-service precision machining and engineering design services. This includes the ability to reverse engineer components, generate CAD models, prototype and scale up production of parts for a wide range of industries.
Since the company’s inception in 2017,J & J has dedicated themselves to working with their customers to develop long-term beneficial relationships and provide high quality components at the most competitive prices. The company has a wide range of CNC milling and lathe equipment,and quality control measurement tools to ensure that only the highest quality parts are produced within the facility. The owners have a long history of both machining and manufacturing and understand what is required in order to meet customer demands with respect to timelines, quality and price.
Like many companies across the region, the COVID-19pandemic negatively impacted sales and the company has been seeking new avenues to cost effectively market both its business and some of its own proprietary products it sells directly to consumers. In order to accomplish this, J & J connected with the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission (NWKPDC) and was able to receive an Economic Development Administration Innovation Stimulus grant to assist with the development of new marketing strategies and materials.
The company is actively seeking new customers who may have had their supply chain negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19and are now attempting to either reshore production or perhaps find local vendors capable of more timely turn-arounds on orders. For more information on the company, its machines and capabilities or to obtain a quote for component parts, please visit www.jandjprecisionmachining.com or call 785-885-4167.
Our member spotlight this month is Stoneworth Building Products in Shawnee, Kansas. The company manufacturers concrete roof tiles for residential and commercial uses in the Midwest that are built to last, weather and fire resistant, low maintenance, and energy efficient.
Over the past 15 years, Stoneworth has manufactured custom concrete roof tiles in different styles and colors for their customer in their 24,000 sq. ft. facility. Every customer's experience is unique, as they get to select their own style and color of tiles that are handcrafted by in-house artisans using materials such as sand, cement and water.
The current owners took over the company in 2019 with goals of expanding the business, which was quickly delayed due to COVID-19. Although the company was considered essential and continued to stay open, they experienced a trickle-down effect of many impacts that slowed the business in October 2020 including home building delays, supplier and transportation issues, high prices and fewer customers coming to the showroom.
In an effort to overcome these challenges, the owners connected with resource partners such as SCORE, Kansas SBDC and U.S. Small Business Administration for COVID-19 support and were also referred to the Great Plains TMC for additional manufacturing resources. They were able to receive PPP and EIDL funds which kept all employees on the payroll and viewed COVID-19 webinars and trainings to continue business operations.In addition, these impacts forced Stoneworth to look at their business differently. They shifted their focus,and modified their marketing plans, company perspective, and revamped their brand. These modifications include a new interactive website that showcases their manufacturing processes and offers blogs on roofing topics.
As the company continues to rebuild, they are always looking for opportunities to provide value and grow throughout the region. They are interested in developing a recycling process for a new product line as well as finding new ways to enhance the workforce in the region.For more information, please visit their new website at www.stoneworthrooftile.comor 913-422-0794.
Our member spotlight this month is Leander LLC in Lawrence, Kansas. The company manufactures a line of chiropractic tables that are designed with both patient and physician comfort in mind. Many chiropractors can feel stress in their backs while working with patients and the Leander tables have been designed to allow customization by physicians to easily and safely position themselves to prevent undo stress on their bodies.
The company was started in the Pacific Northwest back in the 1980s and through several ownership changes was eventually moved to Lawrence, where it has recently moved into a new production facility. The Leander Flexion Distraction Tables are globally recognized for both their quality and value. The company regularly ships tables across the country and world. One unique aspect of the company’s products is that all parts used to fabricate the tables are sourced locally and are supplied by vendors located within Kansas or Missouri. The level of product quality was recently highlighted in Best Reviews.Guide’s 10 Best Chiropractic Tables in November 2020 where the 950 Series table was highlighted as the best of the best!
The current owners were working with the local SBDC office in Lawrence when they were made aware of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) grant funded Innovation Stimulus Program offered by the K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI). The company applied to the program requesting assistance in developing new 3D CAD models of the existing products and to evaluate the possibility of combining some individual parts into larger one-piece assemblies in an effort to reduce part count and increase production efficiency.
Leander’s recent expansion into new production facility along with expanded marketing efforts is ensuring the continued success of the company. The company recently updated their website and launched their own YouTube channel to assist customers on the installation of the tables as well as training on how to effectively operate the table. As the company continues to grow and expand they are always searching for new ways to help create jobs and to support the network of manufacturers across the Great Plains region. For more information about the company please visit www.leandercare.comor call 785-856-7474.
Our member spotlight this month is Hess Services, Inc located in Hays, Kansas. Hess provides a variety of products and services including manufactured tanks, welding and fabrication, rig assembly, transportation, and many others to meet their customer’s needs.
For over thirty years, Hess has grown into a diversified business that serves a wide range of customers throughout the Midwest. As one of the largest employers in western Kansas with approximately 250 employees, the company has continued to expand their facilities to accommodate new employees and products. The latest expansion that continue to this day was started in 2010 for a facility north of Hays which covers 160 acres of land and over 529,000 square feet under roof of assembly and fabrication area. Hess has a total of two plants in Hays and one in Watford, North Dakota.
Hess offers a wide range of services to its customers across the region, which include blasting, painting, trucking, welding and fabrication, engineering, quality control, steel and fiberglass tank manufacturing and machining. Utilizing its employees and equipment, Hess has also created a wide range of their own product and service offerings which include metal framed buildings, crane rigging services, concrete supply, tornado shelters, hunting blinds, bunkers and more. New websites and marketing efforts are being initiated to help promote and expand sales of these new products and services into additional markets.
As Hess continues to grow and expand, they are consistently seeking additional contract and fabrication work with new customers. If you are interested in their products and services, please visit www.hess-services.usfor more information. Additional information on some of their product offerings can also be found at Wheat State Buildings, Hess Ready Mix, and their Crane Rigging Services coming soon!
Our member spotlight this month is Circle B Manufacturing located in Junction City, Kansas. Circle B is a manufacturing company that produces a wide range of sanitizing products, such as large capacity hand sanitizer dispensers, wall mounted dispenser and stands. The demand for their product line has increased dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 situation, which led them to leverage a number of support networks to help meet this demand. The company had been importing some of the components for their products from overseas; however, due to supply chain disruptions, this quickly became problematic and they realized the need to become more vertically integrated and reshore their supply chain to U.S. based manufacturers. In an effort to achieve this goal the company applied for a PPE Manufacturing Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to procure the needed equipment to begin injection molding and machining a number of the different parts used in the existing product line. In addition to this, they were awarded an Innovation Stimulus Grant from the K-State Technology Development Institute to aid in the design of a new line of manual and electronic sanitizer dispensers that would be their own proprietary design. These grants enabled Circle B to expand their manufacturing capabilities and product line at a time where competitors were struggling with supply chain delays. They are currently in the process of bringing the new manufacturing equipment online and excited about the possibility of reaching new clients with their “Made in the USA” line of hand sanitizing products. In addition to the finished products, the company is also actively seeking to supply injection molded or other CNC machined parts to companies across the Midwest. Circle B is continuing to manufacture and expand its line of hand sanitizer products that are designed to fit the consumer’s needs. For more details about their hand sanitizers or contract manufacturing opportunities, please visit www.circlebmanufacturing.com.
Our member spotlight this month is Sharp Manufacturing located in Blue Rapids, Kansas. Sharp was established in 2003 with the idea to build an innovative and quality trailer with a sleek appearance that is unlike anything else on the road. The company does this through a number of unique design features that are standard production practices on their line of enclosed cargo trailers. For over 17 years the company has established an excellent reputation on the quality, longevity, and design of its custom cargo trailers. Sharp takes pride in having an experienced dealer network located across the Midwest. To continue this legacy and ensure quality products for their customers, Sharp wanted to create a drawing package for each model of its trailer. In an effort to accomplish this, Sharp worked with the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) to access funding through their Innovation Stimulus Program. This program provided funding to have the Technology Development Institute at Kansas State University assist them in the creation of these 3D models and drawings. The creation of the models and drawings not only helps to provide improved manufacturing documentation for Sharp, but will also serve as a valuable marketing tool for the company’s products in the future.
Our member spotlight this month is Anderson Knight Architects (AKA) in Manhattan, KS. AKA provides architectural design, with a focus on manufacturing and industrial work. Currently, the team at AKA has a distinct ability to focus on adaptive re-use projects. Projects such as converting abandoned schools into apartments gear towards seniors, converting dilapidated civic buildings into venue spaces and lofts and converting floundering malls into open air retail districts. These are the types of projects in which AKA excels and the communities of the Great Plains must undergo to thrive and stimulate future community investment. For almost 20 years, AKA has been collaborating with companies and communities throughout the state of Kansas. Companies like Manko Window Systems, Champion Team wear (Formerly GTM Sportswear), Mid-West Concrete Materials, Ultra Electronics (Formerly ICE Electronics), Valley Vet, and many others have used AKA as their architect throughout this time. AKA drives this success through a practical design process and a level of convenience that is unmatched. Their depth of knowledge in pre-engineered metal building structures allows them to find unique, budget friendly solutions to inspire those that work within them. AKA’s architectural work and expertise provides innovative ideas that can make a positive and economic impact towards small communities and businesses throughout the region. By connecting with small business owners, community leaders, and entrepreneurs, the team at AKA strives to make the transition from empty buildings to newly developed businesses an easy process. Discover more about AKA at www.anderson-knight.com.
Our member spotlight this month is Foldaway Trailer Company from Overland Park, KS. The Foldaway Trailer is a patent pending aluminum trailer that meets the needs of people who don’t have the space for a trailer or rarely use a trailer.
Joe Taylor, the owner of Foldaway Trailer Company, reached out to the Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster in search of mechanical engineering resources to help optimize his trailer design. The Great Plains TMC was able to connect Joe with the engineers at the K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI).
The staff at TDI created a CAD model of Joe’s prototype trailer and then worked to improve upon his existing design. Parts were optimized for performance and manufacturability to prepare the design for production. Once the CAD design was finalized, TDI provided their expertise and recommendations on a final design adjustment.
Joe has his prototype close to production ready. He is seeking individuals to beta test his model. If you are interested in testing the Foldaway Trailer, please contact Joe at email@example.com. Visit the Foldaway Trailer site to learn more at www.foldawaytrailer.com.
Our member spotlight this month is PWI, Inc from Wichita, Kansas. For more than 50 years, PWI has been manufacturing transformers, inductors, chokes and solenoids for the aircraft industry. In addition, PWI specializes in fluorescent and LED lighting systems with custom tube bending and design installation. PWI quickly discovered how COVID-19 has changed how people live, work and travel. As a leader in the aircraft industry, PWI knew that something must be done to keep passengers safe while flying. In an effort to accomplish this challenge, PWI created a sister company called Aero Biotek to develop a virus neutralizing system for commercial aircrafts through ultraviolet light called Biotek Shield.Biotek Shield is installed in air conditioning systems of aircrafts to fight airborne contaminants and neutralize pathogens such as H1N1, SARS, West Nile, Tuberculosis and COVID-19. PWI worked with a Biological Safety –Level 3 Lab to test the Biotek Shield on live viruses, like COVID-19. In order to measure the ultraviolet light’s effectiveness, a logarithmic scale is used. From log-1 (kills 90% live bacteria, not viruses) to log-6 (kills 99.9999% of pathogens including COVID-19), the Biotek Shield meets the requirements of a log-6 ultraviolet light. This ensures continuously clean cabin air on aircrafts everywhere. PWI provides quality contract manufacturing services and has a highly skilled engineering staff that is ready to help develop product concepts. From prototyping to turn-key assembly, PWI has the experience to hep make projects a success. Discover more about what PWI and the Biotek Shield at www.pwi-e.com.
Our member spotlight this month is Hornet Manufacturing from Emporia, KS. Hornet Manufacturing provides contract manufacturing services ranging from CNC machining, laser cutting for sheet metal and tubing, metal fabrication, welding and electro-static powder painting to complete turn-key machine assembly. Their highly trained engineering and manufacturing team has the ability to take your project from concept to completion providing precise custom work to your exact specifications. They are also ISO 9001 and AS9100D Aerospace Standard Certified! The K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI) utilized the Great Plains TMC membership resources for assistance when TDI experienced machining problems. TDI reached out to Hornet Manufacturing for their client that was under a strict deadline. Hornet Manufacturing was able to step in and deliver quality machined parts in a timeline manner and at a reasonable cost. Their ability to react ina short amount of time, with quality products makes them a valuable resource to the Great Plains TMC community. Hornet Manufacturing produces their own line of products. As part of this initiative, they are looking for a resources or company to assist with sheet metal roll forming. If you know of anyone who might be able to assist them, please contact Corey McClelland at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Hornet Manufacturing,please visit their site at www.hornetmfg.com!