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Success Stories

Celebrating Our Clients' Successes

Our vision is “To be the first choice of South Dakota manufacturers, as a trusted partner, to advance their economic prosperity and become best in their markets”.

Every day in manufacturing facilities across South Dakota our business advisors and business development specialists work with business leaders and their teams to solve problems and improve performance. Our client success stories focus on the vital manufacturing functions they provide and the opportunity we at MTS had to help them prosper and grow. Here are a few of our client stories regarding their experience as a result of our business consulting and training. 


Pride Neon Lights Up Lean

Pride Neon Signs made some huge improvements implementing Lean initiatives into their organization.

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Concrete Success with Lean Transformation

A fairly new family-owned manufacturing business in Hartford, South Dakota is already making big strides towards becoming a Lean manufacturing powerhouse. Cemcast Pipe & Precast makes quality concrete pipe, box culverts, manholes, and precast products for government and commercial development projects. Cemcast is the only South Dakota owned concrete pipe supplier.

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Picture Perfect Inspecting

South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions (MTS) offers companies automation help as a new era of manufacturing begins. What technology was once only feasible for large companies is now becoming more available to small and medium-sized manufacturers.

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Robotic Technology Helps Offset Workforce Shortage

Applied Engineering in Yankton, South Dakota was looking for a way to support their business growth in the tight labor market. They worked with South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions to integrate a collaborative robot into their assembly line to create an uninterrupted workflow and free up valuable employee time. Overall, they increased their machine utilization by 23 percent.

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Trail-Eze Triumphs with Lean Cert

By attending the Lean Certification Course and applying what he learned to his facility, Jeff was able to report: Reduced 2,400 square feet of floor space Increased productivity through optimizing material flow. Decreased the number of forklifts needed from 13 to 5 and decreased the number of hours operators spent on material handling from an average of 54 hours each day to 10 hour or less. Reduced build time on trailers by over 30%

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Muth Electric: Lean Transformation

Because their customers are their primary focus and their employees are determined to have satisfied customers, Muth wanted to continue to refine their lean processes. The leadership team at Muth decided to reach out to the lean experts at MTS to help guide them along on their lean journey. MTS served as a mentor to help the company find new ways to implement lean concepts. Muth Electric found it helpful to have extra hands for training employees on lean principles and leading projects to implement their lean transformation in the Pre-fabrication division of their business.

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The Difference in DeSCo

Nestled in the quaint town of De Smet, South Dakota lies a high quality, service-oriented window manufacturer. DeSCo Architectural Inc. is locally owned with 30 employees producing beautiful, high-quality architectural windows used in schools, hospitals, offices, and churches throughout the nation. Customers repurchase repeatedly because of the superior quality woven into the windows. Not only that, the high-performance windows are also environmentally friendly, safe and destined to last.

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Horizontal Machining & Manufacturing Inc.

Horizontal Machining & Manufacturing Inc. Lean Transformation

South Dakotans have many things to be proud of in their state, especially when it comes to the manufacturers. One manufacturer and economic driver in particular is Horizontal Machining & Manufacturing Inc. (HMMI) in Huron, South Dakota. The family-owned manufacturer started out in 1997 with only five employees and two machining centers. In 2005, HMI grew into Horizontal Machining and Manufacturing. They invested in automated equipment and soon after added heavy lifting equipment to produce large structural weldments.

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Applied Engineering, Inc.

Lean Office Review Results in Quick Savings for Applied Engineering

[Applied Engineering] successfully implemented most of the changes within two months, saving thousands of dollars in the first 90 to 100 days. "The Lean Office review was a great way to review the overall process and improve production flow," said customer service manager Richard Stark. The improved communications brought faster front-office processes as well as a sizable decrease in shipping costs.

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Mastel Success Story: Rock Solid Standards

Mastel Precision is a Rapid City-based manufacturer with top-notch employees specializing in diamond scalpels for corneal and cataract surgery. While they concentrate on manufacturing, repairing and evaluating diamond scalpels; they also provide services for repairing, cleaning and servicing other eye instruments. The family-owned business prides themselves on the quality and dependability of their products and services. With 16 employees, Mastel Precision has created an exceptional, reliable reputation for manufacturing quality ophthalmic instruments for eye surgeons all around the world.

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Masaba Logo

Masaba Success Story

Masaba designs and builds rugged equipment for the world. “Built Masaba tough” is the standard of quality the manufacturer of bulk material handling solutions in Vermillion, South Dakota work by. The third generation, family-owned business designs, builds, and sells durable equipment strong enough to withstand the harshest climates. Their engineering expertise and top-notch employees pride themselves on their determination to build the most reliable, standardized, customizable and heavy-duty equipment for their customers around the world.

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Horizontal Machining & Manufacturing Inc.

Horizontal Machining and Manufacturing Embraces Change

"MTS provided a fresh set of eyes into many issues." As part of the comprehensive plan, MTS initiated multiple Value Stream Mapping projects at the plant. The projects integrated plant layout and Quality at the Source (QAS) methodologies, creating a system that could effectively meet the growing and challenging demands of HMMI's customers.

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Electronic Systems Inc.

Electronic Systems Inc. Success Story

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, Electronic Systems, Inc. (ESI) provides a full range of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the industrial, commercial, medical, energy and HVAC markets. From printed circuit board assembly to full system integration, ESI stands as the manufacturing floor for helping customers improve their product quality and cost using lean principles and the latest technology. Beginning in 1980 with just a handful of employees, ESI now operates in three facilities totaling over 70,000 square feet with around 250 team members.

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VRC Metal Systems

Cold Spray, Hot Success

VRC Metal Systems is a high-pressure cold spray manufacturer and a leader in advanced manufacturing process technologies. Where others saw unbreakable barriers, VRC Metal Systems saw innovative opportunities. With less than 10 employees, the Rapid City, South Dakota-based company provides cost-effective metal repairs to a variety of different industries. The company's expertise and high-quality cold spray led VRC to be recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-owned companies in the nation.

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Tessier's Inc.

Tessier's Success Story

At 156 employees strong, Tessier’s Inc. provides clients exceptional service to all their heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs. Located in Mitchell, SD with branches in Sioux Fall and Rapid City SD, Tessier’s is proud to offer services in industrial mechanical contracting, sustainable HVAC building design, sheet metal fabrication, and specialty welding.

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Persona Signs Inc. Wins Over Skeptics

Persona, Inc., a Watertown, SD sign company, had been named one of just three sign suppliers for McDonald’s. The new account was a huge win for Persona, but it presented a whole new set of challenges. In any year, McDonald’s aims to update hundreds of locations with remodeling or rebuilding—and always with new signs.

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Legend Air Suspensions

Legend Air Suspensions Taking a Ride on their Lean Implementation

Passion sports always fall prey to soft economies. As the economy softened over the past several years Legend has to make a move to survive. Legends COE Jesse Jurrens choose Manufacturing Technology Solutions(MTS) as the group to transform their organization to be able to weather the slowed economies.

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Counterpart, Inc.

Counterpart - Following a Map To Customer Satisfaction

Using Value Stream Mapping to visually recognize waste and to improve their operational flows allowed Counterpart to compress time and reduce non-value added activities. The adjustments made in the value stream allowed the company to reduce throughput time and improve their on-time delivery performance.

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West Central Manufacturing

West Central Manufacturing Closing the Door on Waste!

Commercial construction in South Dakota softened over the past several years during the economic slowdown. West Central had to make a move to survive. CEO James Hoag choose Manufacturing Technology Solutions(MTS) as the group to transform their organization to be able to weather the slowed economies.

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Dakota Pump Inc.

Dakota Pump Transformation

[with the help of MTS, Dakota Pump was] able to avoid a costly facility expansion, and see the efficiencies unfold right before our eyes. In turn, we were able to effectively use resources that would have been tied up into a facility expansion, to invest, and grow, other portions of our business.

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Flag Shooter

Flag Shooter - Small Company Pursues National Market

First call to South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions yields a profitable connection for Flag Shooter.

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Dakota Bodies

Dakota Bodies - Continuously looking for ways to improve

“We quickly learned that formal training of our supervisory team needed to occur for us to be successful,” stated Joel Grode, Director of Production. “This is when I asked a former colleague from Larson Manufacturing who they used – he told me it was South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions (MTS). We quickly engaged with MTS who conducted an assessment of our operations along with what our goals were. . .

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Showplace Wood Products

Showplace Wood Products Developing Leaders for Growth

Leadership training from South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions pays dividends by topping pre-recession sales high and staffing another plant with new product line.

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Reliability Guaranteed for 20 Years – A Sioux Company Tradition

"MTS played a key role in success of Sioux Corporation obtaining ISO registration in an organized, practical, systematic manner that went extremely smoothly. We look forward to making continual improvements as a result of using this system and improving our brand as a result."

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SRAM Training with Power Leads Competition with a Lean Implementation

Great Products in small companies often fail due to the limited resources and young process inside the operations. SRAM Division leader James Meyer saw this risk and hired a manufacturing expert to build the correct operation for this new product line. Chris Hamm utilized Manufacturing Technology Solutions (MTS) as the group to transform their organization to be able to scale with new product growth.

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Peppermint Clean Energy

Peppermint Energy Start Up SHINES

As a start-up, Peppermint Energy made the capital-efficient decision to rely on manufacturing partners to build the FORTY2’s, while still being made in the USA. Manufacturing & Technology Solutions (MTS) was called on to identify and interview potential manufacturing partners, including guidance on appropriate ways to evaluate potential partners.

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Lloyd Companies

Leadership Development for Growing Lloyd Companies

Investing in developing managers pays off with reduction in employee turnover for family-operated Sioux Falls business.

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Company on Fire with Leadership Development Classes

MTS and Precision Leadership group provided the tools for us to continue to improve our team’s performance. We enjoy our partnership with MTS and PLG! Harold & Helen Boer, Owners

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