Association of Manufacturing Excellence Chose Marlin Steel Wire as the Tour
Site for the 2010 Meeting
One hundred fifty members of the AME are anticipated to tour the Marlin Wire factory to learn
about lean manufacturing techniques like one-piece flow, killing inventory, and improving
quality. AME focuses on teaching members how to improve their manufacturing operation.
Marlin Steel's application of lean techniques like one piece flow, frequent purchases of material,
shadow boards, quality go/ no go check fixtures at every process step while making wire baskets
and wire forms was compelling to the the AME site selection committee.
(Vocus) January 12, 2010 -- The Site Selection committee of The Association of Manufacturing Excellence
notified Marlin Steel Wire Products, “you have a lot to be proud of with your company and all the great work you
have done.” In addition, they told Marlin Wire, “We were very impressed with all the work that you have done to
implement Lean manufacturing principles, and with the obvious results that you have obtained. We both agree
that you are an ideal tour site” for the 2010 AME Conference.
Marlin Steel focuses on continuous improvement so it can ship quickly the highest quality wire baskets and wire
forms. Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel’s President, said “We have had five years of record growth, including 2009,
a very tough year. We are growing because we ship faster than anyone else and our engineering team comes up
with innovative designs that save money for our clients. As a sign that we are growing, we hired three people this
week alone. One is a designer and two are set-up operators so we can continue to operate at a blistering pace”
Investing over $2,000,000 in new robots in the last 10 years under current ownership, Marlin Wire’s team has
generated record profits and cash flow in 2009. “The company is a poster child for lean manufacturing,”
Greenblatt told the site selection committee.
In addition to upgrading the equipment portfolio, Marlin has compressed inventory