large, multinational U.S. industrial manufacturing
companies about their current business performance,
the state of the economy, and their expectations for
growth over the next 12 months. The survey summarizing the results for Q3 2015 was conducted from June
24, 2015, to September 28, 2015. To view the complete
report, visit www.pwc.com/manufac turing-barome-ter.
Penn Stainless Products
completes construction of
new facility in Pennsylvania
Penn Stainless Products, a stainless steel distributor
and processor, has completed construction of its new
35,000-sq.-ft. transfer and distribution facility in Jackson Center, Pa.
With dedicated flatbed delivery along routes
throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio,
the company now can deliver stainless product to customers in a few days or less.
Ace Metal Crafts in short film
Toyota has released a series of 5-min. films, called Toyota Effect Short Films, in which the automaker shares
how its Toyota Production System (TPS) can benefit
various types of people and organizations.
In “116 Innovators,” Academy Award-nominated
filmmaker Steve James shares the story of how small
changes to everyday operations can have a great im-
pact on the people and business at metal fabricator
and machine shop Ace Metal Crafts Co. The Bensen-
ville, Ill., company, which employs 116 people, has
enjoyed a collaborative relationship with Toyota since
“They have helped us see our processes differently,
and how small changes in how we manufacture a part
can significantly increase throughput while maintaining quality,” said Jean Pitzo, Ace Metal Crafts Co. CEO.
“ 16 Innovators” is available at www.acemetal.com.
Victaulic receives International Business
Award for foundry protective apparel
Easton, Pa.-based Victaulic, a provider of mechanical
pipe joining technology, has been recognized by the
International Business Awards with an International
Silver Stevie® award for Best New Product of the Year
– Industrial Products for its foundry worker safety coat.
After years of material tests at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the company developed both a
woven and nonwoven polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
fabric that withstands the impact of a 2,800-degree-F
molten iron splash. Made of this fabric, the Bogu coat—
named after the Japanese word for armor—is engineered to be 30 percent lighter than the industry-stan-dard aluminized Kevlar® jackets, says the company.
Breathable vents in the garment help improve wearer comfort. The coat is machine-washable without
degradation of its fire-retardant properties.
United Steel wins Family Business Award
In recognition of operating a successful family-owned
business in Connecticut for more than 40 years, United
Steel Inc., East Hartford, Conn., has been named the
winner of the Hartford Business Journal’s 2015 Family
Business Award in the category of 76 to 199 full-time
The company, a fabricator and erector of structural
steel and miscellaneous metals, was founded in 1974
by Ken Corneau. Today, in addition to the six relatives
who work at the firm, two of the three original employees are still with the company, and more than a third
of the 183 employees have been there for more than
United Steel’s president, Ken Corneau (holding plaque), accepts the 2015 Family Business Award, joined by members of
the Hartford Business Journal and his son Kyle Corneau (left,
front), niece Nicole Corneau, son Keith Corneau (second from
right), and brother Glen Corneau (right).