HERMANSVILLE, Mich. (WLUC) – Many companies across the UP are struggling to keep up production output because they don’t have enough employees. A Menominee County manufacturing company wants to expand its product offering through the use of technology.
Heavy machine robots help handle the tedious tasks during production at Stewart Manufacturing in Hermansville. The company strives to provide enough supply to meet the growing demand.
“Our number one product line is the intercity truck. We are the sole US supplier for Cummins Turbo Technologies. We do their turbo with variable geometry,” said Randall McLeod, Stewart Manufacturing LLC. Vice President.
McLeod says that with newer technology and EPA regulations, turbocharger technology is becoming more popular to improve engine performance.
“I think about 80 percent of all trucks on the road in the United States have a Cummins Turbo, and we’re the only supplier in the United States,” said McLeod.
McLeod has been with the company since its inception in 2003. At that time Stewart Manufacturing had nine employees, today there are 100, about half of them from Hermansville.
“We are a global supplier. I’m very proud of that. A lot of people struggle to find a place like Hermansville on a map,” McLeod said.
Michigan works! recognized the company as the winner of the Impact Award 2022 for employee retention. According to McLeod, the company offers programs for employees to improve their lives outside of work, such as B. Personal money management.
“In supporting our employees, the people we work with and supporting our community. That’s tremendous here, that’s what we can do for our community,” McLeod said.
While supply chain issues have impacted the business, McLeod says employees have diversified their assets well.
“We don’t want to be dependent on one customer, we want to have good diversity on our customer side and in our supplier base,” McLeod said.
McLeod says the next steps are to increase automation of the production process by incorporating more technology.
Stewart Manufacturing owns 30 acres of land, and the VP says it only uses about six acres. McLeod is looking to hire more staff to expand the facility and the company will host an open house this Saturday to showcase its facility to the public.
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