At Applied Process we’re all about Austempering. In fact, our mission is to “Grow the Pie” and we appear to be succeeding. Here in the US, while those working in construction and government are still seeing the worst of times, many of us in manufacturing are currently enjoying the best of times. Times may be too good. Up and down the manufacturing supply chain everybody is adding shifts, adding machines and STILL falling behind current demand. The demand for Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI), Carbidic ADI (CADI™), Austempered Steel, Carbo-Austempered™ Steel and even Austempered Gray Iron (AGI) has accelerated right past the pre-recession level. Manufacturers in nearly every segment are finding demand that is outstripping capacities. Right now agriculture and manufacturing are carrying the US economy. Let’s hope for a good dose of political gridlock so our elected officials can’t jump in and “fix things”.
I sometimes hear people complaining about today’s work ethic. When I look at our workers at Applied Process I see people who are kicking butt and taking names 24-7….and I’m really proud of them. I wouldn’t trade them for a million bucks and 10 first-round draft picks. At Applied Process we are passionate people providing innovative Austempering solutions.
This past week I had the good fortune to visit P.F. Markey in Saginaw, Michigan ( www.pfmarkey.com ), a supplier of industrial tools, inserts and machining supplies. Jim Terry and the crew at P.F.Markey have a unique business proposition. They guarantee you that you will save 10-20% on tools if you install their tool vending machines. No crib. No crib attendant. Complete traceability and custom reporting. Awesome.
One of life’s truths: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Wayne Gretzky.
Just a thought: if life expectancy in the US is increasing by one year per decade and we have a pending demographic and economic train wreck with our social programs, why don’t we just raise the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security by one month per year….forever. No change in contribution, no change in benefits, problem solved…….or is that too simple?