Manufacturing Odds & Ends

Uihlein Electric and Techteriors form partnership
Brookfield-based Uihlein Electric Company Inc. and Techteriors LLC recently launched a strategic partnership formed to offer an array of power, line voltage and low-voltage services to commercial, industrial and residential customers.

The companies said the partnership will enable the companies to offer comprehensive solutions and amplify their differentiation in the marketplace. The partnership brings together a joint workforce of roughly 200 employees and a combined 2008 sales forecast in excess of $35 million. By creating a single point of contact, customers will benefit from a streamlined project management process and efficiencies that will lower costs, the companies said.

Uihlein Electric and Techteriors will jointly market their products and services, have a single project management process and use the staffs of both companies to deliver a simplified process for their customers.

"Joining forces with Techteriors enables us to expand our capabilities beyond traditional electrical and low voltage services in the commercial sector, and provide clients with power, low voltage, and wireless solutions in one bundled offering,” said Tim Rigsby, president of Uihlein Electric.

John DeToro, owner and principal of Techteriors, said, "The respect we have for the Uihlein Electric team and the company’s prominence in Wisconsin, along with our mutual passion for providing the best customer service, makes this partnership positioned for long-term success. We feel fortunate that Uihlein Electric and Techteriors can combine their strengths to offer a depth and breadth of service that is unmatched in the marketplace."

Techteriors specializes in both residential and commercial audio/video, control systems, HVAC, lighting control, corporate boardrooms, video conferencing, networking, and home theaters. Techteriors has showrooms in Mequon and Delafield, and services Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

Appleton reaches tentative labor pact
Appleton (the company) has reached a tentative agreement with negotiators from Local 10-0422 of The United Steelworkers Union on a four-year labor agreement with employees at the company’s paper mill in Roaring Spring, Pa.

The company said the agreement includes improvements in wages and benefits and addresses other issues ensuring that Appleton remains competitive as the world leader in carbonless, thermal, and security paper products. The agreement must be ratified by a vote of the mill’s 370 union employees, scheduled for Friday.

The mill’s union employees had been operating without a contract since the previous pact expired Nov. 17, 2007. However, mill operations have continued normally since that time.  Mitchell Becker, the mill’s union president, said, "While negotiations are never easy, we believed in our ability to get a fair contract and we did."

Tony Fago, Roaring Spring mill manager commended the mill’s union employees for their performance and focus while a contract agreement was being negotiated. "Our employees have always been dedicated to their work of serving our customers," Fago said. "We are pleased to have reached a contract agreement and are ready to move forward under terms of that agreement."

Walter Schonfeld, president of Appleton’s Technical Papers Division, said the contract agreement means both sides can share a victory. "Spring mill employees play a vital role in our company. I’m happy we reached an agreement that recognizes their contributions and addresses important issues for both parties," he said.

Supply chain software firm awarded for educational efforts
K2 Sourcing, a supply chain software and strategic sourcing consulting firm, was recently named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s top supply chain innovators. The Belgium, Wis.-based firm was recognized for its efforts to teach companies how to understand how web-based sourcing applications can impact their supply chain cost management, production of the procurement department and bringing new products to market.

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