Innovation is the name of the game for the finalists in the 2021 Colorado Manufacturing Awards' Energy/Transportation Manufacturer of the Year category: Rubadue Wire Company, Oribi Manufacturing, and Keystone Tower Systems.
Since its inception in 1977, Rubadue Wire has evolved into a global supplier to a range of industries. The company offers a full line of extruded wire and cable products in a variety of sizes and insulating materials. Its products are used in electronics, automobiles, computers, lighting ballasts, medical equipment and devices, power supplies, security systems, transformers, telecommunications equipment, and appliances.
Executing on its rapid growth while maintaining focus on quality to the customer and safety to its employees is how Rubadue President Sean Toland defines success for the company in the coming year. "In order to accomplish this, we would have established and implemented the systems and processes necessary to sustain results and handle what the future will bring as well," Toland says. "In our industry, success would be defined as a continued shift of consumer preferences to electric vehicles and for electric vehicles to rapidly grow in market share of total vehicle sales."
CompanyWeek profile (March 2021): https://companyweek.com/article/rubadue-wire
Oribi Manufacturing specializes in making fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite components for applications in the energy, sports and recreation, defense, and industrial markets. Oribi was acquired by Framingham, Mass.-based Re:Build Manufacturing in late 2020 as part of that company's strategy to integrate new technologies with conventional manufacturing businesses to accelerate their growth and improve performance. Re:Build's mission is to rebuild America's manufacturing base and create meaningful, sustainable jobs in areas that have been deindustrialized.
"Success starts with our ability to achieve or exceed the growth goals we have established for the company in terms of production rates and revenue targets -- these are the things that are imperative to sustaining our business for many years," says Steven Mead, president of Oribi and head of the composite materials group within Re:Build.
Keystone Tower Systems has developed an automated manufacturing process for wind turbine towers that brings modern manufacturing to the steel tower industry, dramatically increasing production rates. The company's process can be operated at the wind project, enabling towers that are much larger than towers that must be shipped from a factory. Keystone is working with wind turbine manufacturers to integrate large-diameter, field-welded towers into their turbine offerings, enabling welded steel towers to reach hub heights of more than 140 meters. The process also can be added to a conventional tower factory, eliminating the need for manual welding lines through a single machine that simultaneously performs all rolling and welding operations and increasing tower output by 50 percent.
CompanyWeek profile (February 2021): https://companyweek.com/article/keystone-tower-systems