North Haven (WTNH) - Some businesses are surviving the tough economic tide, like oneConnecticut manufacturing company which says its business isbooming. That's quite a statement in this environment. So, what'sthe secret?
In the post-911 world, security is on the minds of many --government organizations, financial institutions, businesses,universities. One company is using that to stay steady in thecurrent storm.
A little card is keeping 100 people employed in North Haven --it's the HID Global manufacturers high-tech security badges. Theyinclude a hologram, a personalization chip, even an embeddedantenna.
Linda Coppola has been an assembler at HID Global for 22years.
"I've seen our company bought out like four times," Coppola, ofHID Global, said. "I've seen a lot of management here, a lot ofdifferent changes."
Things weren't always good here.
"Four years ago, this site was really at a point of closing itsdoors and decided to take the Lean journey," HID Global ManagerBill Vincelette said.
But they decided to adopt the manufacturing philosophy createdby Toyota, it's called Lean, and at HID they say it's made all thedifference.
"Rooms as large as this with inventory that is no longer thereso we've improved our cash flow from that perspective," Vincelettesaid. "And our service levels to our customers have gone up to, andbeyond, 95-percent on-time delivery."
News Channel 8 was given a tour of their facility to see how itall works. Lean is employee-driven with lots of input andincentives. The plant is also the perfect example of where ourstate economy is heading. The New Haven Manufacturer's Associationtells News Channel 8, smaller plants, less than 200 employees, whohave found a high-tech niche are our future.
"Manufacturing's not dead, it's different," Jerry Clupper, ofNew Haven Manufacturer's Association, said. "And it's key to makesure that the Connecticut economy remains strong. Three out ofevery four new dollars that comes in to Connecticut comes from amanufacturer."
At HID, things are steady and secure. It's something no one'staking for granted, these days.
"Very lucky," Coppola said. "Yes, very lucky."
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