ITW Heartland Business Unit Passes Safety Milestone

Midway through the first quarter of 2011, ITW Heartland’s Manufactured Products business unit celebrated 3 years without a lost time incident.

“Safety is a very high priority for ITW as a whole, and for the Heartland community,” states Brian Baustian, ITW Heartland’s General Manager. “To pass the 3 year mark in this type of manufacturing environment is testimony to ITW’s safety training and commitment, and to the diligence of the women and men who support our safety objectives on a daily basis.”

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

ITW Heartland Names Andy Quist Director of Sales

ITW Heartland announced today the hiring of Andy Quist as Director of Sales for the Manufactured Products (MP) division. Based at the company headquarters in Alexandria, MN, he will be responsible for the total sales efforts of the MP division and for introducing ITW Heartland’s products to prospective customers.

Prior to joining ITW Heartland, Andy worked for JME Companies and Epicor Software’s eManufacturing group, where he gained industry knowledge through a strong track record of sales success and customer relationship development.

“Andy has demonstrated his expertise in sales, account management and outstanding leadership skills through his past achievements,” said Brian Baustian, ITW Heartland’s General Manager. “We believe he will be an important member of our management team as we continue to build Heartland into an industry leader.”

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Aerospace Quality Certification Process Launched at ITW Heartland

The Manufactured Products division of ITW Heartland has launched a six-month training and quality transformation initiative to become AS9100 certified. AS9100 is an international aerospace standard to attain quality assurance in design, development, production, installation, and servicing for stringent aerospace applications. ITW Heartland already serves several major aerospace clients from its Spiroid division. Achieving AS9100 certification in the Manufactured Products division will extend ITW Heartland’s array of capabilities and products to these notable clients in the future.

“We see this certification process as a very important step for ITW Heartland. Our customers will have the assurance they have partnered with a company who is committed to excellence, quality, reliability, and the highest standards in the industry,” said Brian Baustian, ITW Heartland General Manager.

The certification process is expected to be completed by July 1, 2009.

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Manufactured Products Launches 5S Program

December 2008 – The Manufactured Products division of ITW Heartland launched a revitalization of its 5S initiative, a building block for world-class manufacturing. 5S is a method used in lean manufacturing to improve workplace organization and standardization by keeping work areas organized, free of clutter, efficient, and safe, while eliminating waste and improving flow.

5S is a reference to five Japanese words which translate to the English words “sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain”. Once fully implemented, the 5S process can increase morale, create positive impressions on customers, and increase efficiency and organization.
“Our teams have launched the program with excitement and success,” said Glenn Downing, Manufactured Products Business Unit Manager. “Our plan is to roll-out 5S across ITW Heartland operations. Such an endeavor draws upon the strength of our production staff, involvement from the management team, and employee enthusiasm to transfer the systems to their work areas.”

About ITW Heartland

ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.