National Technologies, Inc.

    Address: 7641 S. 10th St., Oak Creek, WI 53154


    Year founded: 1959

    Product or service offered: “We provide precision machined custom components and assemblies with value-added services to take cost out and add value to our customers products.”

    Projected 2012 Revenue: $31 million

    Leadership: Thomas Harrington, president

    Target clientele: OEMs and manufacturers of heavy equipment, engines, power generation, hydraulics, fuel and fluid control systems.

    Business organization memberships: WMC, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, South Suburban Chamber of Commerce, NFIB, Precision Machined Parts Association.

    What has fueled your company’s growth? “Our commitment to providing the highest quality products at competitive pricing with value added services saving our customers time and money.”

    What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth? “The shortage of skilled machinists. Fewer young people are looking to make a career in manufacturing and many older machinists are close to retirement age.”

    Do you plan any changes in your company in the upcoming months? “We are working with our local chamber and schools to encourage the development of programs to train our next generation of skilled machinists. We are continuing to add new equipment and technologies to our work environment for the purposes of managing, controlling and improving our quality and productivity.”

    Who are the business people, locally or nationally, whom you admire? And what traits do those people exhibit that make you admire them? “Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. I respect his ability to run a successful manufacturing company in the heart of America despite global competition. I admire his commitment to make our government aware of the job creators and the important part they play in our economy.”

    What is the outlook for the business conditions of your industry over the next several months? “Some sectors are slowing. The elections in November have a lot of potential projects on hold. We hope work coming back from off-shore sources will back-fill for the slowdown we currently anticipate.”

    What is your company’s key strategy for rising out of the recession? “Expanding our customer base. Adding new services and capacity. We also plan to work with current customers to tap into new projects. Providing quick turn-around estimating and production to provide buyers with more options.”

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