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Published: 9/1/2017

Leadtime Leader Q&A Graphic Tool Corp. and Concours Mold Inc.

We invited this year’s Leadtime Leader winner and honorable mention shops to share their thoughts on five-axis machining.

Published: 6/1/2017

2017 Leadtime Leader Awards Winner: Graphic Tool Corp.

Leadership changes set this mold manufacturer on a path of renewed purpose, fueled by data-driven, lean methodologies and deliberate, quality-controlled production.

Published: 6/2/2016

VIDEO: Our 2016 Leadtime Leader Winners Are ...

Krieger Craftsmen of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and MSI Mold Builders of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Published: 5/31/2016

2016 Leadtime Leader Awards HM: MSI Mold Builders - Optimizing Lead Times

This mold manufacturer combines continuous improvement strategies with machining power to maximize growth and opportunity.

Published: 5/31/2016

2016 Leadtime Leader Awards Winner: Krieger Craftsmen

This mold manufacturer was rebuilt with an emphasis on core values and a “productionized” moldmaking strategy designed to reduce lead times.

Published: 6/1/2015

2015 Leadtime Leader Awards Honorable Mention: Dynamic Tool & Design - Committing to a Scientific Process

This shop’s recent strides in mold qualification mirror an ongoing transition to a more systematic approach to mold manufacturing. Meanwhile, a culture of ownership ensures a full buy-in from veteran employees as well as fresh talent attracted...

Published: 6/1/2015

2015 Leadtime Leader Awards Winner: Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing - Setting the Pace Holistically

This mold manufacturer has radically transformed its business by instituting a standardized, flexible process, advanced technology and a people-centric philosophy.

Published: 6/1/2014

2014 Leadtime Leader Awards Winner: Westminster Tool Inc.—Bridging the Gap without Losing Focus

A strong sense of self and a focus on people enabled this mold manufacturer to rapidly expand pre- and post-manufacturing services without getting overwhelmed by its own growth.

Published: 6/1/2014

2014 Leadtime Leader Awards Honorable Mention: Aalbers Tool & Mold Inc

A rush of recent change for this moldmaker belies a long-term growth strategy that’s anything but aggressive. Key aspects of this cautious approach include strategic expansion, continuous improvement, extensive data tracking, and investments i...

Published: 6/1/2013

2013 Leadtime Leader Awards: Winner Tech Mold Inc.

A three-division approach, technology innovation and a grow-your-own skilled workforce allows this mold manufacturer to balance the entire moldmaking process — ensuring continued success and landing it this year’s 2013 Leadtime Leader Aw...