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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Cincinnati Businesses Work Together to Keep Manufacturing Jobs in U.S.

Local companies, Gold Medal Products Co. and Cincinnati Incorporated have nearly 200 years of combined service within the greater Cincinnati community. Now the two recently came together in an effort that's helping to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Gold Medal manufactures equipment used in the fun food industry, such as popcorn, cotton candy, Sno-Kones® and others. With an increased demand, the company had the goal of optimizing efficiencies while improving quality. They needed a system that would streamline their ability to produce custom steel machinery. Gold Medal approached Cincinnati Incorporated about their CL-940 Laser Cutting System, known for its speed, accuracy and reliability. The technology is cutting-edge, quite literally. Using a fiber laser system, the machine is operated via a Human Machine Interface, allowing for intricate precision in even the most complex of cuts. In addition, a web cam gives easy monitoring of the cutting process.

The Cincinnati CL-940 has given Gold Medal the opportunity to better serve its customers' needs. For example, equipment can now be customized with customer logos. This would have been a cost-prohibitive and lengthy process in the past. Now it can be accomplished by simply providing a digital image, which is loaded into the Laser. The added value is substantial.

"It's in our best interests to manage these types of functions here, rather than outsourcing," says Dan Kroeger, Gold Medal President and CEO. This philosophy has served Gold Medal well, as the company has never laid off an employee in its 83 years in business.

Andy Jamison, CEO of Cincinnati Incorporated adds, "It's a privilege to work with Gold Medal. We aren't just investing in common goals, we're also investing in our community."

Kroeger continues, "We're pleased to keep our business local and partner with Cincinnati Incorporated. Not only do they provide the highest quality of equipment, they share in our commitment to keeping manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. I think that's a testimony to the enormous opportunity available here in the greater Cincinnati region."