2020 Airbus D2P Challenger Status awarded to ETG Spincraft WI

June 2020: Engineering Technologies Group recently was notified that Spincraft WI is one of 12 worldwide suppliers to achieve ‘Challenger’ Status in the Airbus 2020 Detail Parts Partnership (D2P) program. This prestigious award is issued across all divisions of Airbus and is second only to the D2P Global Supplier status issued to nine suppliers this year.

Spincraft WI has supplied Lipskins to the Airbus A320 program for three years from its second New Berlin plant built in 2016. ETG parent, Standex International, invested in the facility which specializes in 100% flow-line manufacturing for thingauge aluminum forming.

“ETG Management and the WI team are very honored to have achieved this award,” commented ETG VP Sales & Marketing David Doucette. “We greatly value our successful partnership with Airbus and look forward to our ongoing Lipskin programs and future collaborations.”
More information will be shared as further details are provided.

 

Spincraft WI: Employee Safety Focus

New Berlin, WI: With Employee safety a foremost priority throughout the Standex businesses, Spincraft WI plant made strides in 2018 with robust and effective expansions to their existing Safety Programs. Workers attended clinics throughout the year for training in specific areas such as Crane & Lifting, Hearing Conservation, and Proper Lifting. Other classes covered safety measures relating to Forklift Operations, Fire, Ladder & Work-surfaces training, and more.
Daily GEMBA walks lead to process improvements and ensure that safety remains a focus throughout the manufacturing stages of a given program or work center. The plant has also implemented several Hazard Assessment Audits that will be performed on a yearly basis.
Spincraft management hosted a luncheon for the Commerce Drive facility workers honoring a year with no lost time due to injuries. The facility reached 544 days and reported a 65% decrease in injury rate from November 2017 to Nov 2018. Members of Spincraft WI ‘Safety Squad’ shown in photo below:

AEROSPACE JAM 2018

Milwaukee WI: Oct 27, 2018:

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, Milwaukee Bucks, WI Economic Develop Corp (WEDC), and WI Aerospace Partners joined forces to host the second Aerospace Jam on Oct 27, 2018. This year’s event was held at the new Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee.
Aerospace Jam was created to provide students an opportunity to learn more about Wisconsin’s aerospace industry and local businesses. The half-day event drew over 300 STEM students, ranging from middle school to college seniors.

Spincraft WI participated for the second year, welcoming the chance to speak with students about manufacturing at their New Berlin facilities. Spincraft Engineering Manager, Jeff Dudzik, fielded questions ranging from the very basic to highly complex, with subjects covering Spincraft processes, technologies, products and applications. Dudzik found it refreshing and rewarding to connect with the enthusiastic students, stating it gave him a ‘new perspective and appreciation’ for the variety of interesting projects and development work Spincraft has been a part of for so many years.
Spincraft Engineering Intern Michael Mueller offered his insight to those students inquiring about intern duties, and HR Manager Jamie Martin spoke of various career opportunities within the plant.
Below: Mueller, Martin and Dudzik at the Spincraft display, ready for Aerospace Jam to begin.

MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY – SPINCRAFT WI 100 YEARS!

New Berlin WI – MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY – SPINCRAFT WI 100 YEARS!

On September 13, 2018 Standex Engineering Technologies Group (ETG) celebrated a significant milestone with its New Berlin WI plant marking 100 years of service! A full century of proven success utilizing metal spinning and forming to solve customers’ manufacturing challenges. The anniversary luncheon event was attended by 75 New Berlin employees, retirees and ETG management. Spincraft was honored to have New Berlin Mayor David Ament attend the festivities which included an outdoor cookout along with a display of historical Spincraft documents, advertisements, and artifacts. In honor of the occasion, Mayor Ament presented Spincraft with an official proclamation, declaring September 13, 2018 ‘Spincraft Day’ in the city of New Berlin. (image l>r: Len Paolillo, President Standex ETG; Mike Koszarek, Spincraft WI Machinist; David Ament, Mayor New Berlin; Sara Esser, GM Spincraft WI)
ETG President Len Paolillo addressed the group, and emphasized it is the employees that have allowed Spincraft WI to be a viable business and solution provider to their customers for a century. Their skills, effort, and team dedication to “always get the job done, and get it done right” is what allowed Spincraft WI to move forward in both good and challenging times, and what continues to enable the business to transform itself in preparation for a bright future. Machinist Mike Koszarek with an impressive 43-year career at Spincraft, also addressed the group sharing his experience in growth and innovative developments over the years. (photos below l>r: Len Paolillo,
Mayor David Ament reading Spincraft Proclamation, Mike Koszarek speaking to the group, employees enjoying anniversary luncheon)

The company started in 1918 as Milwaukee Metal Spinning Company, although it was better known as Spincraft. Located in Milwaukee, the plant originally produced consumer products including cookware and stemware, Christmas tree stands, pet food bowls, and even bug traps. These early successes helped lay the groundwork for the company to expand its engineering and manufacturing capabilities, eventually making itself known for its role in the development and growth of the overall US metal spinning industry. Theodore J. Salow Jr and his wife Klementine are credited for their early foresight into expanding metal spinning as a viable manufacturing process across many markets. (photos below: earlier Milwaukee Metal Spinning building, early Spincraft building, current Spincraft New Berlin factory on Commerce Street, ETG’s newest facility – the Spincraft New Berlin plant located on Beloit Road)

‘Firsts’ were not uncommon at Spincraft; Stainless Steel, Nickel, Magnesium and most of the modern hard alloys were first spun by Milwaukee Metal Spinning Company spinners. In the mid-late 1900’s Spincraft was heavily involved in the Defense and Energy markets. Fast forward to 2018, and ETG’s newest facility – a second WI plant in New Berlin – has been in operation for two years. This state-of-the-art plant features 100% flow-line manufacturing for thin-gauge aluminum forming primarily for the Aircraft / Aviation market. (photo below: group shot of New Berlin employees, retirees, and management following the Anniversary luncheon)

Spincraft was acquired in 1971 by Standex International Corporation and is now a part of the Standex Engineering Technologies Group (ETG). Additional Spincraft facilities are in Boston MA, and Newcastle UK. The final Group member, Enginetics, is based in Huber Heights, OH.

About Standex
Standex International Corporation is a multi-industry manufacturer in five broad business segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics, and Hydraulics with operations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, India and China. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at http://standex.com/.

Community Leaders visit Spincraft WI

New Berlin Mayor, David Ament, and Chamber of Commerce President, Gary Szpara recently visited the Spincraft WI plant. Ament and Szpara met with General Manager, Gary Frey, to learn about Spincraft manufacturing capabilities and how they are utilized to solve unique challenges for the various markets served by this plant. The visit was highlighted by a tour of the 100,000 sq foot factory to see first-hand several of Spincraft’s critical components and assemblies in production.