Washington Manufacturing Awards 2014: Building Trades (Large Firms)



Cadet Manufacturing

Vancouver | cadetheat.com

The heat was on Cadet if it wanted to survive a housing downturn, higher material costs and pressures to move work overseas. So, for three years, the maker of electric home heaters plowed $3.5 million into product research and development and production machinery, and made an even greater companywide commitment to lean operating principles. Cadet has won recognition for its waste-reduction and environmental policies, including a switch to shredded paper as a packing material instead of foam and using paint that is itself made of recycled material. Cadet bucked the recessionary trend by increasing sales by 20 percent during the downturn and adding 5 percentage points to profitability. It also added 17 full-time jobs, keeping to its commitment to remain a made-in-the-USA company.


Cadet Manufacturing

Snoqualmie | fireglass.com

Technical Glass Products makes fire-rated glass, framing systems and architectural specialty glass products. In 2013, it increased employment by 22 percent, opened a 20,000-square-foot powder coating facility, added products and expanded operations to the Middle East and India. Efficiency is a key element in the firm’s operations; its LEED-CI gold-certified building uses 100-percent reclaimed water for irrigation, and 100 percent of steel cut-offs are recycled and glass waste is returned to the plant for reuse. The powder coating facility not only eliminates the need for an outside supplier, it also is designed to reduce damage from handling, thus reducing labor costs and product rework.

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