Successful Surveillance Audit Completed For ISO:9001

ITW Heartland announced today the successful completion of a six-month surveillance audit for ISO:9001. ITW Heartland was originally registered as being compliant to ISO:9001 in April 2006 and successfully completed a re-registration audit in April 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.

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.

Kindness Spontaneously Changes Us

ITW Heartland is a company with a sense of purpose and mission. That mission is constantly in action, whether during the workday, or in faraway places. ITW Heartland Senior Machine Builder Tony Bredy set out with a team from the Alexandria area earlier this summer for a one-week mission trip. They traveled to Morelos, Mexico – about 1½ hrs from Mexico City – to reach out and serve the local people.

Organized by Merge Ministries, the schedule included VBS, healthy lifestyle training, prayer for needs, and medical services. Bredy and the rest of the team spent their nights in local resident homes, allowing them to experience the culture and hospitality firsthand. Many of the team members were saddened by the poverty but were humbled by the people’s contentment and willingness to share.

The lives of those they served were impacted in many ways, but the individual team members’ lives and worldviews were changed forever.

“Ironically, the ones who are the most transformed through acts of generosity are those who are the conduits of kindness,” noted Bredy. “As we made ourselves available through love and serving, we were deeply affected with a new understanding of God’s compassion for all people.”

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 completes successful control system installation at new FedEx Ground facility

ITW Heartland is proud to announce the successful installation and startup of their first conveyor control panel for Rite-Way Manufacturing, Inc. at the new FedEx Ground facility in Kalispell, Montana. Rite-Way Manufacturing, Inc. is a manufacturer of conveyor equipment for the package handling industry.

ITW Heartland completed the electrical design, manufacture, and PLC/HMI programming of a conveyor control panel for the conveyor system that Rite-Way supplied to FedEx Ground. This control panel was integrated with external operator control stations as part of the complete conveyor control system, and is used daily by FedEx Ground personnel to process inbound and outbound customer packages from the facility.

An ITW Heartland controls engineer was on site for the initial system commissioning, as well as the final startup and acceptance testing to ensure that all of the customer requirements were achieved. He provided training to FedEx personnel on conveyor system controls and operation, as well as control system maintenance requirements.

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 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.