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Chemours’ supply chain team streamlined processes and eliminated redundant systems to help stabilize the young chemical manufacturer.

By Tim O’Connor

When Chemours spun off from DuPont in July 2015, it found itself it a situation where it had to quickly become more efficient. Chemours was a much smaller company than the chemical conglomerate that had spawned it, and what worked for DuPont wasn’t necessarily the quickest path to stability and success for Chemours.

Chemours needed to become quicker and more nimble, especially its supply chain. “When you’re in this huge company like DuPont you’re not always material to the entire portfolio,” Global Supply Chain Manager Michele van Krieken says. In smaller companies, inefficiencies become more visible and financially impactful to the company.

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AMES sets tolerances in its supply chain to provide motivation and increase communication and collaboration.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

AMES claims to be the third-oldest corporation in America, tracing its history back to 1774 when Captain John Ames began producing the country’s first factory-made shovels. “We’ve been building America ever since, through wartime and peacetime, boom and bust,” the company says. “And we’ve had our share of adventure along the way. We’ve dug for gold, gone on expeditions to Antarctica and built at least two of the Seven Wonders of the modern world.”

Ames kept an account book of the AMES company from 1773 through 1804. In 1784 he completed the first metal shovel, which the company says is the oldest in the country. AMES shovels were used in 1886 to build the Statue of Liberty, the New York subways in 1899 and the Empire State Building from 1929 to 1931. In the West, AMES shovels helped build the Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1935, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge from 1933 to 1937.

Dukane Machine Shop

Dukane offers in-house tooling and machining for its plastic assembly equipment.

By Tim O’Connor

Dukane has touched many industries since it started 1922 as Operradio, a radio manufacturer. It was an early pioneer in commercial speakers and communications equipment before getting into the manufacturing of plastic assembly equipment in the early 1970s, which remains its primary business today.

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Uline’s reputation for fast deliveries has helped it grow into a North American powerhouse.

By Kat Zeman

As a prominent distributor of shipping and industrial supplies throughout North America, Uline knows how to move fast. In the package delivery business, speed is a large factor in determining customer satisfaction.

“When customers order from us, they order because they need it and they want it right away,” says Angelo Ventrone, vice president of logistics. “We are able to fulfill their orders quickly and undamaged.”

In an industry where same-day shipping time is generally cut off at 4 p.m., Uline takes orders until 6 p.m. “That is something that puts us apart from our competitors,” Ventrone adds. “We ship 100 percent of our orders the same day and about 95 percent get delivered the next day.”

Cutter Buck

Cutter & Buck expands its supply chain capabilities.

By Chris Kelsch

Throughout the Seattle, Wash., area are many companies on the cutting-edge of technology,  so-called “disruptors” that have drastically changed the ways in which business is done.

But there are also more traditional companies that offer valuable goods and services, and though perhaps not as famous, also use modern technology to perfect the services they offer. Cutter & Buck is one of those companies.

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