ITW Heartland Announces Quality Certifications for its Manufactured Products Division

ITW Heartland, a certified leader in precision engineered machines and gears, announced its recent AS9100 certification for quality standards compliance in the demanding aerospace and defense industries. The AS9100 certification demonstrates ITW Heartland’s stringent application of comprehensive quality standards imperative to the manufacturing of hardware of aerospace and defense – where there is no margin for error.

ITW Heartland’s Manufactured Products division was also re-certified for the ISO 9001 quality management standard. With this re-certification, ITW Heartland ensures that quality management processes are being applied throughout its operations. Both certifications signify the company’s commitment to maintaining a strong value of “quality and excellence”.

Brian Baustian, ITW Heartland General Manager, understands the importance of receiving the certifications on both an industry level and company level. “Achieving AS9100 compliance is a demonstration of our unique achievements as an industry leader in materials and manufacturing processes, as well as a testament to ITW’s corporate values that are embedded in every aspect of customer service,” Baustian said. “ITW Heartland has always been proud of our customer-centric approach to business. Our goal is to ensure that every customer receives their order on time – the right way – the first time and every time.”

AS9100 is based on the ISO 9001 quality management standard, with 80 additional requirements and 18 addendums specific to the aerospace industry.

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 Announces Shipment of Pace Carts for ER Systems

ITW Heartland is proud to announce the completion of their first shipment of Pace Carts for ER Systems, a division of Illinois Tool Works. The carts are designed and built by ITW Heartland to apply ER’s patented adhesive for commercial roofing applications. Heartland is developing a complete in-line assembly cell to efficiently build and test the product to ensure a plug-and-play system for the consumer.

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.

AAEDC and Community Recognize Contributions of ITW Heartland

On January 20th, 2010, approximately 40 community leaders gathered to recognize ITW Heartland of Alexandria as a Distinguished Economic Development Partner of the Douglas County region. ITW Heartland was selected to receive this recognition by the Board of Directors of the AAEDC because of their continued commitment to supporting the economic and community growth of west central Minnesota.

Since its founding in 1976 as a small fabrication shop, Heartland has been committed to reliable and consistent partnering with customers and vendors to produce complex components and full machines, along with supporting services, for customers around the world. Heartland became a division of Illinois Tool Works in 1982, and due to its commitment to innovation and excellence has been able to realize a steady growth rate over the past four decades.

ITW Heartland employs approximately 120 people in its Alexandria facilities, and specializes in precision engineering, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products serving a variety of industries. The organization is recognized as having distinct expertise in the following fields: Aerospace, Energy, Military, Transportation, Beverage, and Automotive. ITW’s workforce includes highly skilled engineers, machinists, and assembly technicians.

The Distinguished Economic Development Partner Award was designed to honor companies that the AAEDC directly serves and works with to better our community. The award is presented to local companies that add significant economic vitality and stability of our region. ITW Heartland is committed to developing and maintaining a highly skilled workforce, continually improving cutting edge technologies that serve and support customers around the world, and investing in the community by both the ITW Heartland organization and a significant number of employees.

ITW and AAEDC Directors

Pictured (L to R): Dan Olson (Douglas County Commissioner), Brian Baustian (General Manager, ITW Heartland), H. Dan Ness (Mayor, City of Alexandria), and Kevin Kopischke (AAEDC Board of Directors)

Contact Information:
Patrick Kalina
Marketing & Communication Coordinator
Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission
(320) 763-4545
pkalina@rea-alp.com

ITW Heartland Successfully Passes Its Latest ISO Surveillance Audit

TW Heartland, a certified leader in precision engineered machines and gears, announced today the completion and the second in a row perfect scoring on its ISO:9001/AS9100 surveillance audit for its Spiroid® division. This particular audit focused on the engineering and design process requirements of the AS9100 Standard.

Since their first audit in May 2007, ITW Heartland’s Spiroid division has continually progressed with assessment scores of 83.5% (May 2007); 92% (March 2008);98.6% (October 2008); 100% (April 2009); and 100% (October 2009).

These six-month surveillance audits ensure that suppliers maintain a documented and effective quality system, in conformance with the quality system requirements. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) establishes specifications intended to ensure materials, procedures, processes, and services meet customer needs. The AS9100 designation adds explicit requirements specific to the aerospace market. Eligible companies, like ITW Heartland, build aircraft, spacecraft or related parts and assemblies.

“The results speak for themselves,” said ITW Heartland General Manager Brian Baustian. “ITW Heartland is dedicated to providing our customers with quality products and service, through the continual process of evaluation and improvement.”

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 Receives Supplier Distinction

ITW Heartland recently received the “Exceptional Supplier” distinction from long-time business partner, Paslode. Heartland consistently delivered 100% on time and 100% quality in order to receive the distinction.

“We are extremely proud to receive the supplier distinction again this year,” said ITW Heartland Business Unit Manager Glenn Downing. “We are truly honored by the continued confidence shown by our business partners like Paslode.”

Heartland has been making driver blades for Paslode commercial and residential nailers since 1989. Paslode measures its suppliers using a supplier score card which rates performance in delivery and quality. ITW Heartland delivered 100% on time and 100% quality for one year, moving onto the Exceptional Supplier list, up from the Premier Supplier.

“We strive to have Trusted Partnerships in our business – it’s one of our core values,” said ITW Heartland General Manager Brian Baustian. “I commend our entire team on applying those values each and every day.”

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.

ITW Heartland Employee Lives Out Company Values On African Mission Trip

Two of ITW Heartland Values: Service and Giving Back

“It is a powerful experience to immerse yourself in the African culture. And in giving of yourself, you soon learn that you take back so much more than you could ever leave behind.”

ITW Heartland Employee On African Mission Trip

Lois Drexler recently returned home from an international trip she’ll never forget. She didn’t vacation in a five-star hotel on a sandy beach or ride a cruise ship with her best friends. Her destination was Kenya, Africa where she worked and served in a local parish.

Drexler, an ITW Heartland Customer Service Representative, was part of a 20-delegate team, including her daughter, Alisha. The mission trip took place March 4-18, 2009 and was coordinated by the Catholic diocese in St. Cloud and the diocese of Homa Bay in Kenya. The partnership, in its tenth year, offers volunteers a chance to participate in service and mission while immersing themselves in the local culture.

Immersion was a highlight of their experience. For half of their trip, Lois and Alisha stayed in a parish house of two missionary priests from Tanzania. Each day, they visited schools, clinics, hospitals and local offices learning about life in Eastern Africa, and sharing about life in the United States. They heard first-hand the differences in culture concerning language, healthcare, and the role of women; and the similarities regarding education and family.

Returning with remarkable stories and testimonies, Lois and Alisha agreed the trip was truly an eye-opening experience. They were stunned at the vast poverty they encountered. Many of the people they helped lived in homes with clay or dirt walls and roofs of grass. An occasional home was made from clay bricks, if the family could afford it.

“Despite the poverty, we were amazed at how happy the Kenyan people were,” said Drexler. “They have so very little and yet one woman gave us her last chicken to eat. I learned that people having the least to give, sometimes show the greatest hospitality.”

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 Receives 100% Score on Audit

ITW Heartland, a certified leader in precision engineered machines and gears, announced today the completion and perfect scoring on its ISO:9001/AS9100 surveillance audit for its Spiroid® division.

These six-month surveillance audits are conducted in order for suppliers to demonstrate their process control capabilities to external parties, which ultimately determines the acceptability of the products or services being supplied. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) establishes specifications intended to ensure materials, procedures, processes, and services meet customer needs. The AS9100 designation adds explicit requirements specific to the aerospace market. Eligible companies, like ITW Heartland, build aircraft, spacecraft or related parts and assemblies.

Since their first audit in May 2007, ITW Heartland’s Spiroid division has continually progressed with assessment scores of 83.5% (May 2007); 92% (March 2008); 98.6% (October 2008); and 100% (April 2009).

“Our progress on our assessment scores is quite impressive,” said ITW Heartland General Manager Brian Baustian. “This recent flawless score demonstrates our commitment to quality and on-time delivery, and solidifies our place as a leading manufacturer for the Aerospace and Defense industries.”

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.

The 5S Program Comes To Strategic Assembly

ITW Heartland continues the organizational roll-out of the 5S program as the initiative was recently launched in the Strategic Assembly Solutions division to improve workplace organization, flow, and efficiencies while eliminating waste and improving work flow.

“We are able to utilize our internal trainers who had successfully launched the program in the Manufactured Products division,” said Sheri Anderson, Strategic Assembly Solutions Business Unit Manager. “A core team was assigned to develop a plan to sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain our shop to not only display organization but to gain efficiencies in the manufacturing process.”

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.