Conway Manufacturing Group Celebrates 20 Years of Ownership Tony and Marti Davis Purchased the Company in 1996

The employees of Conway Manufacturing Group today surprised the owners, Tony and Marti Davis of Conway, with a commemorative plaque and signed photo in honor of the 20th anniversary of their purchase of the company. The gifts were presented by their daughter, Rachael Cox, who is also an employee at Conway Manufacturing Group.

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“Wow!” said company president Tony Davis, as he was handed the group photo. “I can’t believe you all did this for us!”
Tony and Marti Davis purchased the company in 1996 after returning home to Arkansas from a long stint in Indiana. They are both Certified Public Accountants and graduates of the University of Central Arkansas.
“When we bought the place, they were still doing everything on typewriters!” CEO Marti Davis laughed remembering the early days of the Conway Manufacturing Group.
Today, the office looks very different, with two to three monitors at every desk, sophisticated engineering software, and Cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) systems in place. Since 2001, the company has been ISO Series Certified and complimentary to that, is a certified Woman-Owned Small Business.
“The equipment has changed too,” noted Vice President of Operations Nicky Havens, who remembers when the Davises bought the company. “Back then everything was manual lathes.”
Conway Manufacturing Group now boasts several new, high-dollar Swiss-style CNC turning machines as well as several vertical and horizontal CNC mills.
“You’ve got to keep your equipment up-to-date if you’re going to stay competitive,” explained Tony.
The company has done a good job of competing, especially since bouncing back after the economic downturn in 2009. It began to see significant growth in 2012, especially through exporting, and received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade in 2013. Sales have continued to climb despite further downturns in key industries like oil and gas or fluid power.
“We realized after 2008 that we had to diversify,” Marti said. “It was a sink-or-swim moment, and we decided that in order to swim, we needed multiple lifejackets.”
As a result, Conway Manufacturing Group began offering new products and seeking out clients in new industries. This type of foresight has led to other ventures that will be announced in the upcoming months.
Headquartered in Conway, Arkansas, Conway Manufacturing Group is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of replacement gripper bars for flatbed die cutters and offset printing presses as well as precision machined component parts for Original Equipment Manufacturers.
Conway Machine, Inc. Serving the Folding Carton & Corrugated Board industries for over 40 years. Conway specializes in replacement parts for die cutters and printers. From Gripper Bars to Strip Pins to Sprockets, we have what you need.

Contact: Yasir Chohan

Conway MFG Group

Phone: (501) 327-1311

Fax: (501) 327-5711

New Product: Universal Upper Tool

Conway is excited to showcase its latest product, which is an improved Conway design of the Universal Upper Tool and the Blanking Element. A combination including the sliding nut helped reduce costs and allow for greater adjustments and maneuverability for the customer.

Click the link to learn more: http://www.conwaymachine.com/products/1248/universal-upper-tool-blanking-element

A Lesson in Grippers

Many of our gripper bars have options for the grippers: standard, marginless and corrugated. For example, check out the gripper bars for Bobst 1080 die cutters. http://www.conwaymachine.com/products/142/bobst-sp-1080-gripper-bar-complete

How do you know which one you need?

Standard is for die cutting basic paperboard–about the thickness of a cereal box.

Marginless is for die cutting with thinner to no margins. This is for specific die cutters and is more rare.

Corrugated is for die cutting thick board with larger flutes, about the thickness of a moving box.

Still not sure what you need? Send us a photo and we’ll help you figure it out.

info@conwaymachine.com

For Sale: Bobst 1280 PCR Folder/Gluer

If interested, please contact Rachael Cox by emailing: rachaeld@conwaymachine.com

Bobst PCR1280

Machine number: 340504

Year:1971

Rebuilt: 1988

Straight line, crash lock bottom, 4 point, 6 point boxes

Gluing system:new cold glue Dynatech system 2011 ,

4 gluing gun, 4 sensor

Condition: good, in production, test possible In Budapest, Hungary.

Very good machine for special boxes.

39.900 Euro

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU0_608T7-c

Conway Expands its Business Beyond our Borders

Conway Machine, Inc. was recently featured in Arkansas Business as a local company that has taken advantage of SBA offers to help expand export sales

The U.S. Department of Commerce has released new data showing the impact of exporting on our national economy, with Arkansas as one of only 11 states to achieve double-digit export growth last year from 2011. In reality, Arkansas did much more than double its exports — the state experienced a 36 percent increase in overall export growth, and increased exports to France by 117 percent, making it one of the best-performing states.

Not only is this a remarkable moment in time for the state of Arkansas, but for the job-creating businesses and the workers who made it possible.

This latest export data proves that significant and serious business opportunities exist beyond our borders; in fact, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States. For many Arkansas companies, international marketing has become a critical element to business sustainability and growth. In 2012 alone, nearly $7.6 billion in merchandise was exported from Arkansas, equating to the preservation and creation of thousands of jobs in industries including transportation, chemical production and manufacturing.

Arkansas is part of a positive trend of states fueling our nation’s economic growth and reinforcing America’s position as a magnet for quality jobs: According to the latest data, U.S. jobs supported by exports increased to 9.8 million in 2012.

Exporting success stories are happening across the state. Take Fayetteville-based BlueInGreen, whose patented gas dissolution technology allows engineers to improve reservoir water quality. Early last year, BlueInGreen saw an opportunity to take its product global, and today, the company has a representative in Brazil to support marketing its company. The company is pursuing a pilot project in the Sao Paolo water district to demonstrate the efficacy of its products.

Similarly, Little Rock’s Conway Machine, a woman-owned manufacturer of aftermarket parts for the folding carton industry, has taken advantage of opportunities to expand its business beyond our borders and is already experiencing early benefits of doing so.

Stories like these tell us that exports are making a difference in Arkansas’ economic recovery.

The once-familiar refrain that America “imports everything and exports nothing” has now given way to these success stories and many more. And the trend is one that will continue due to the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s businesses and workers. But it’s clear that there are far more opportunities than what Arkansas businesses have experienced thus far.

It all starts with businesses and government working together to take advantage of a unique window of opportunity. Since 2010, the International Trade Administration has helped more than 16,000 U.S companies achieve a verified export sale for a total of $164 billion in exports supported. This level of support is only expected to grow during the coming years, as President Obama referenced in his most recent State of the Union, and there are more resources available to local businesses than ever to explore the potential of exports. For example, the Arkansas Export Assistance Center is providing local businesses with trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking and commercial diplomacy to connect with lucrative business opportunities.

Rapidly emerging markets across the globe are creating unprecedented demand for the kind of state-of-the-art products being developed here in Arkansas. More than 1,600 Arkansas businesses are already seeing that first hand.

As we applaud this latest achievement of Arkansas’ economic recovery, we must also commit to ensuring that its momentum continues. Continuing the creation of opportunities and support for U.S. companies to export their goods and services makes good economic sense — and American workers deserve nothing less.

Celebrating 30 Years at CMI

Last month, Nicky Havens celebrated 30 years of working at Conway Machine, Inc. We greatly appreciate all of his hard work through the years and look forward to many more to come!

Here’s a write-up in the local newspaper: http://thecabin.net/news/business/2012-12-01/nicky-havens-recognized-30-years-service#.UMeRKoNTySo

Happy Labor Day

Conway Machine celebrated Labor Day with a cook out.

We grilled hamburgers, and employees brought side dishes. Everyone’s favorite is Nicky’s wife’s potato salad. It goes fast, and there is never any leftover for the night shift!

We also held our monthly drawing for the scratch-off tickets and cash prize. We were happy to announce that Brett was the winner! Unfortunately he didn’t hit the jackpot on the scratch-offs. Maybe next time!