October is Manufacturing Month. To celebrate manufacturing, Acuity sponsored a Manufacturing Pride Video Contest. The winner of the inaugural contest is Bay Motor Products of Traverse City, Michigan. The company manufactures motors used in various applications as well as fans and blowers used in both residential and commercial products.
“We have a great team here at Bay Motor Products,” said Bay Motor Products President Andy Robitshek. “We are always excited to share our manufacturing experience as we are always learning. We are on a Lean journey and have worked with NMC, the community college, and share best practices and tours with a number of local manufacturing companies. We are looking to empower our employees to help make their jobs easier with many small improvements in the process. Our goal is to have everyone’s job description focus on helping improve the process for making our products better.”
In the contest, manufacturers were invited to submit a one-minute video that addressed the question, “Why are you proud to be part of the manufacturing industry?”
“Acuity understands how important manufacturers are to our economy and to people’s everyday lives,” said Ben Salzmann, Acuity President and CEO. “We congratulate Bay Motor Products for their winning entry and commend all the manufacturers who took the time to share their stories through Acuity’s contest.”
Bay Motor Product’s video was created by Andy’s daughter, Eve Robitshek. The video features Ken Scott, Manufacturing Engineer, who assists with process improvement.
“I’m proud to be in manufacturing because you take something and you transform it and change it in a way somebody else can use it,” Ken says in the video. “The best way to improve something is to absorb as many ideas as you can, try as many things as you can, and keep going.”
The second-place video was created by James Bartosh of Industrial Jig & Fixture LLC and the third-place video by Greater Wisconsin Sheet Metal, LLC. Three honorable mentions were awarded to Colin Refner of Marten Machining, Insulation Corporation of America, and Michael Bracy. To see all the winning videos, visit acuity.com/celebrate.
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