This is our version of “Nobody Left behind”. When we say “changing lives” we are not only talking about our employees or our business partners, but everybody. Denise Johnson, President and Sole Owner of RiteWay Conveyors, Inc. believes that EVERYBODY should have a good life if they work hard to achieve it. Through family, faith and her staff, Denise goes above and beyond to help in the community and better the lives of others, but she doesn’t stop there. She is always willing to listen to her employees and help them when they have hardships, and she wants to extend that openness and strength beyond RiteWay to the companies we work with and their communities to build stronger relationships, and stronger communities everywhere. By Maddie Neumann
Building a solid foundation
At RiteWay Conveyors, Inc. it’s not just about profits and revenues, it’s about finding the right solutions for our customers. Once you work with RiteWay, you will feel that with your project you can relax as we’ve got this and the more work we do for you the more our relationship is transformed into a partnership. Our goal is to ensure you have a smooth transition from concept to startup in all areas of your project. RiteWay has spent a great deal of time rebranding ourselves to be your number one choice for all your conveyor handling needs.
U.S. Manufacturing costs are almost as low as China’s
“Made in the U.S.A” is becoming more affordable. The reason? Fracking.
You don’t need to have a Nobel Prize in economics to know that the fracking revolution has been good for the U.S. What’s not so well known is just how competitive cheap oil and gas has made American manufacturing. BCG, the Boston consultancy, estimates the average cost to manufacture goods in the U.S. is now only 5% higher than in China and is actually 10% to 20% lower than in major European economies. Even more striking: BCG projects that by 2018 it will be 2% to 3% cheaper to make stuff here than in China.
Read the rest of this article at http://fortune.com/2015/06/26/fracking-manufacturing-costs/
RiteWay Manufacturing Purchases Powerful Laser Machine
STAFF Manufacturing (dba RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc.) is proud to announce that we have purchased a 5000 Watt Trumpf Laser L3050. The table area for this Laser is 5’ x 10’ and it is powerful enough to cut through 1” Mild Steel , 0.79” Stainless Steel, and 0.5” Aluminum. Its Flying Optic Positioning Design travels at speeds of up to 16,000 inches per minute…. We will be using ProNest CNC Software for this Laser Machine. ProNest features include: automatic tool recognition, automatic and manual clamp positioning, reposition management, automatic trap/drop door utilization including “slide moves”, manual and automatic splitting of long profiles, part processing options including part-by-part and first part inspection as well as support for plate and part loading and unloading systems. The post also features a visual interface with “play-back” for tool path verification, automatic error check for over-tonnage and tool diameter problems and a tooling report for the operator that shows tool loading information, suggested die sizes and production time estimates.
Denise Johnson New Owner of RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc.
We are happy to announce that on October 8, 2012 Denise Johnson secured the purchase of
RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc. and is now the new Owner and President. RiteWay is now
STAFF Manufacturing, LLC., but will continue to operate under the name of RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc.
STAFF is an acronym for Strength Through American Family and Faith.
RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc. provides highly efficient, turn-key services in custom metal fabrication
and is also a diversified manufacturer of conveyor systems and material handling equipment.
Many Jobs Coming Back to America’s Shores
Contrary to the commonly accepted public perception, the United States is not losing all its manufacturing capabilities to the Chinese. In fact, many jobs once sent overseas are being brought back to our shores.
To prepare for those new jobs, especially as the economy gains steam, manufacturers will need skilled employees. Members of the Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association got a firsthand look this morning at Ridgewater College, one of the institutions with a multitude of programs geared toward preparing workers.
Almost 50 CMMA members, Ridgewater officials and instructors, bankers and suppliers gathered at the school and toured its programs. The morning visit to Hutchinson concluded with a tour of Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc.
Read the full story on page 12A of the Leader’s Sunday, April 29, print edition.
By TERRY DAVIS Staff Writer Hutchinson Leader www.hutchinsonleader.com
DEED Awards RiteWay Manufacturing Training Grant
ST. PAUL –The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $33,627 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 46 workers at RiteWay Manufacturing Inc.
RiteWay Manufacturing, located in Lester Prairie, provides a full range of manufacturing solutions including engineering, assembly, welding, fabrication, machining, and finishing.
The grant will support a partnership between RiteWay Manufacturing and Ridgewater College. The entire RiteWay workforce will receive training in team building and managing change. Additional training in Lean for Leadership, Cell Layout, Dual Sourcing/Time Slicing, Set-Up Reduction, and Quick Response Manufacturing will be offered to some RiteWay workers.
“We believe this customized training will help raise the bar on employee productivity as well as increase the company’s long-term profitability,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. “This grant also expands Ridgewater College’s ability to offer lean training to smaller Minnesota businesses.”
Taken from an article written by www.positivelyminnesota.com The Minnesota
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Lending to manufacturers is on the rise in Minnesota
“The manufacturing industry has gotten healthy again,” said Craig Veurink, regional small business sales manager at U.S. Bank.
Loan balances for the bank’s machine tool equipment group jumped 78 percent last year, he said. Outstanding balances on lines of credit by manufacturers more than doubled. The boom in lending activity suggests expansion, not just periodic investment, Veurink said.
In addition to buying equipment, manufacturers also are borrowing to renovate existing buildings, purchase new ones, or buy land to build their own, said Darin Zielsdorf, a vice president in the Twin Cities office of Wells Fargo. A recent report by Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq found occupancy of Twin Cities-area industrial space edging up and some new space being added with build-to-suit projects.
“It’s coming from a broad array of industries,” said Zielsdorf of the demand from manufacturers seeking financing for expansion. He added that Wells Fargo’s business loan activity is ahead of its goals so far this year.
Taken from the article, “Lending to manufacturers on the rise”,
by Susan Feyder, 3/2/12 – Star Tribune of Minneapolis, MN