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North America - Case Studies
The Case Studies described below are based on information provided by companies located in North America. Each study has been written in collaboration with employees of the company and Preactor International would like to thank those who provided these insights into how Preactor is used and the benefits it has provided.

Elmwood improved production planning and scheduling using SIMATIC IT Preactor Advanced Scheduling
 
Founded in 1903, Inland Label lead the industry as one of the top label suppliers to some of the largest brands in the beverage, food and consumer products markets.
 
With innovation as its cornerstone, Libbey quality, consistency, and exceptional customer service have become the standard in the industry. Libbey continues to invest in state-of-the-art production equipment and faster and more efficient manufacturing technologies.
 
Bedford Industries, Inc. a family-owned company founded in 1966, started as a manufacturer of wire twist ties. With an innovative mind-set, Bedford has expanded into all types of identification products, elastomer integrations, adhesive technology, specialized bundling ties, Bendable Components®, packaging re-closures, promotional marketing, tying equipment, strapping, and fasteners.
 
Summit Packaging Systems Inc. was founded by Gordon Gilroy in 1974 and today Summit has five operational plants strategically positioned around the world. Summit is recognized as the leading producer of aerosol valves in North America and is quickly becoming a leading global supplier of aerosol valves.
 
Located in Marieville, Quebec, Canada, Sivaco started operations in 1950 as a nail manufacturing plant which soon transitioned to wire production. Today, at the forefront of wire production in North America, Sivaco designs, manufactures and delivers the highest quality wire products for a wide range of applications.
 
Samuel Strapping Systems is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad range of steel and plastic strapping, hand tools, edge protection, stretch film equipment and consumables, as well as standard and custom engineered unitizing equipment.
 
From humble origins in 1894 Vienna, Hoerbiger has grown to become a leading player in the fields of compression technology, automation technology and drive technology employing a global workforce of 7,600 and achieving sales of 950 million euro. Hoerbiger branched into North America in the 1960s and now has 23 service centers in addition to 2 manufacturing centers – one in Houston, Texas and a larger facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
 
King Plastic Corporation has been developing and manufacturing quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes since 1968. Its industry-leading branded and commodity products are manufactured at the company’s state-of-the art, 150,000 square foot headquarters in North Port, Florida and distributed worldwide.
 
EXAL Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of extruded aluminum packaging. EXAL offers coil-based metal packaging container options in North America and Europe and is the leading independent contract manufacturer of aerosol products and liquids in Latin America.
 
U.S. Paint is the market leader of coatings for exterior automotive parts, such as mirrors, trim, spoilers, molding, bumpers, grills, and other plastic parts. With manufacturing, laboratories and R&D based in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Paint has 100 employees with annual sales of $25M. The facility is 150,000 square feet under one roof, producing 1.5M gallons of coatings a year with batch sizes ranging from 1 to 2,100 gallons. U.S. Paint holds ISO 9001:2000 and ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2000 certifications.
 
In 1999 after years of making his employers successful, Jeff Roth’s wife convinced him that he should start his own business. Jeff mortgaged the house, purchased his first CNC machine, and started manufacturing high quality machine parts for the aerospace industry in his garage. Jeff instinctively understood that to fulfill his dream to be the best he would have to deliver the highest quality products at the most competitive prices, and he would need to build innovative processes and systems that supported his vision.
 
Plastique Micron, a Canadian based mid-sized blow moulding plastic container manufacturer, has been in business since 1970 and employs approximately 175 people. In recent years the company has adopted a more customer-oriented approach to be more than just a manufacturer, but also a partner offering a complete, global packaging solution in the form of plastic containers.
 
In June of 2005, Kohlberg, LLC, purchased Thilmany Papers from International Paper (IP). The acquisition included a pulp mill, two paper mills and a paper converting facility in the Green Bay, WI area.
 
Oberto Sausage Company is a family owned business that offers a complete portfolio of meat snacks (such as jerky and sausage sticks), refrigerated sausage and deli products for 89 years.
 
Chuck/Cleaveland obtained the rights to produce renewal parts for Westinghouse switches in 1975. Since then Cleaveland/Price has developed into a major manufacturer of high voltage switches and automation equipment.
 
Sandvik Mining and Construction’s facility in Alachua, Florida, is part of the Sandvik group of companies and specialises in the assembly of drill rigs for surface mining. The company’s assembly unit in Alachua, employs over 200 people, with 150 of these used in the production of the wide variety of drill rigs for supply throughout the world.
 
Royall Wall Systems, Inc. is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Back in 1989 they perfected and patented a ground breaking way of manufacturing hurricane resistant buildings. These buildings are designed to uniquely address the special requirements of Florida because in addition to hurricanes, they can survive fires and termites.
 
Nevamar is a leading North American manufacturer of high quality decorative laminates. Its products are found in a wide variety of installations, including airports, offices, bowling alleys, sports stadiums, retail stores, fast food restaurants, hospitals, homes and schools.
 
As leading innovators in the design and manufacture of uniforms, in addition to providing equipment and supplies for pageantry groups, Fred J. Miller’s customers include marching bands for high schools and colleges, drum corps, color guards, majorette and baton corps, dance lines, and so forth.
 
Pfizer Inc., the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets leading prescription medicines for humans and animals and many of the world's best-known consumer brands. Its principal UK subsidiary, Pfizer Limited has its European Research and Development Headquarters at Sandwich in Kent responsible for the direct employment of approximately 3600 people.
 
Founded in 1911, P P Payne is recognised globally as the leading manufacturer and supplier of pressure-sensitive tear tape to producers of consumable products. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, the US, South America, India and the Middle East, with the UK facility alone responsible for an output of 4.5 million square metres per month.
 
Founded in 1976, Polyclad has evolved into the international leader in the production of high performance laminates. In 1987 Polyclad was purchased by Cookson Group plc and became a member of Cookson Electronics. With 3 Plants and approximately 700 employees in the US, and an additional 10 facilities in Europe and Asia.
 
Atwood / Spec-Temp is a specialist fabricator of tempered glass products targeting the Recreational Vehicle, Manufactured Housing, Furniture, Architectural, and Marine industries. From a family business founded in an Ohio horse barn in 1978, It has grown into a $35 million leader in the Tempered Glass Industry and is a member of the Huddersfield-based Heywood Williams Group.