OMCO

Pierceton, Indiana


Founded in 1955, OMCO is the largest custom roll former in the United States, manufacturing highly engineered shapes for many applications across a wide range of industries. Components for truck bodies, trailers, material handling systems, solar panel frames and supports, conveyors, escalators, and many more products are manufactured cost effectively using roll forming technology.

Situation:

This northern Indiana manufacturer, with roots dating to 1955, has successfully navigated the competitive nature of its global marketplace to become a premier, privately held roll-forming company focused on innovation and expansion. Its 110 full-time and temporary employees, working three shifts, manufacture an array of products — from smaller parts for vending machines and cash registers to framing and other custom products for military applications and tractor-trailer makers.

Solution:

Purdue TAP/MEP training was instrumental in OMCO's decision to relocate a manufacturing line to Pierceton from Pennsylvania. OMCO increased its in-plant mills to 16 from 12, expanding local production and preserving Indiana jobs. Todd Urig, director of operations at OMCO, says employees have worked to minimize waste, are empowered to make decisions on the production line, and have allowed the manufacturer to remain nimble in responding to customer needs.

Results:

This Purdue TAP/MEP partnership changed the thinking in improvement and to better understand the waste people don't normally see. It helped us tremendously in the changeover as we examined our processing to combine the two plants. As more of our customers become Lean, they want just-in-time delivery on products, and it's difficult to do that offshore. This will help keep us competitive and on the cutting-edge in this global marketplace as a longstanding and viable business to support the community of Pierceton.”

- Todd Urig, Director of Operations, OMCO

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