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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. 


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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Horizontal Machining and Manufacturing Inc. Embraces Change, Expands Capacity

"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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Legend Air Suspensions Taking a Comfortable 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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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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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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SRAM Training with Power to Lead their 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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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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Lean Office Review Results in Quick Savings for Applied Engineering, Inc

[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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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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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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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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