April 2nd Galley Support Innovations, an OEM supplier to multiple aircraft manufacturers including Gulfstream and Boeing, announced several new and renewed contracts along with plans to expand their facility. GSI was also celebrating 10 years of business in Arkansas. CMI has been proud to be a supporter of GSI as a supplier of parts and services. You can read more about it here: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/104314/gsi-announces-expansion-plans-in-sherwood
GSI co-owner Wade Radke speaks to the crowd.
CMI President Tony Davis, GSI co-owner Gina Radke and CMI VP Rachael Cox
CMI attended the Arkansas Aerospace Summit in Little Rock March 10-11, 2015. It was well attended and had great speakers and discussions. CMI is proud to be a supplier to local Aerospace companies. The industry continues to grow in Arkansas, and CMI is proud to be a part of it. A highlight of the Summit was the tour of the Little Rock Air Force Base and a close-up of the C-130J aircrafts.
Deciding to outsource manufacturing of an OEM product depends on several things and knowing you have a qualified supplier can make the decision much easier. What are some things to consider when outsourcing? Of course you want to keep a competitive price advantage, but you definitely can't sacrifice quality for it! As anyone in manufacturing knows, your reputation is your most important quality.
ISO sets the international benchmark for standardizing processes for improved productivity, quality and safety. ISO 9001:2008 is internationally recognized in the industry as one of the strictest quality certifications. ISO is all-encompassing, monitoring every sector of the business from management roles to employee training to internal audits and documentation.
The most important thing to remember about ISO Certification is that it requires the company to always be improving its processes and customer service. When you choose an ISO certified contract manufacturer like Conway Machine, Inc., you can be sure you are working with a team that values quality and efficiency above all else.
If you're interested in learning more about Conway Machine's ISO Certification, please Contact Us.
Thursday evening and Friday, Dec. 6th, our area will be impacted by Winter Storm Cleon. We are expecting a lot of ice that may cause power outages. As a result, many employees will not be reporting to work on Friday, December 6th. Please check with your supervisor to find out if you are expected to report to work.
If you are a customer in need of immediate assistance, please contact Rachael Cox at +001-501-428-0161 or via email at [email protected]
We hope everyone stays safe and warm. We will be back up and running on Monday.
Conway Machine, Inc. has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have had one of our best sales years in a while, and we are on track to do even better next year! We couldn't do it without the loyalty and support of great customers. Thank you for valuing our products and services as much as we value your repeat business. Thanks for supporting a small, family-owned manufacturer.
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The management team at CMI traveled to the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, AR today to accept the Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade presented by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Vice President of Sales Rachael Cox accepted the award and gave a short acceptance speech in which she thanked the Governor along with several State and Federal agencies including the Arkansas World Trade Center, the Small Business Administration, Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions and the U.S. Commercial Service for their work in assisting Conway's growth in exports.
When faced with tough economic times during the Great Recession, Conway Machine doubled down and invested in their sales and marketing efforts, especially internationally. Over the past few years, Conway Machine created new marketing materials in several different languages, increased its international web presence and exhibited at the largest trade show in the Print/Packaging Industry, DRUPA, held in Dusseldorf, Germany every four years.
The hard work paid off! Conway Machine has grown its international sales by 19%, with 2012 being the best sales year in over a decade.
This week, Conway Machine, Inc. employee Ritchie Nelson celebrated 10 years of service and hard work. Management surprised him and the other employees with a BBQ luncheon catered by Whole Hog.
Company President Tony Davis presented Ritchie with a watch to show Conway's appreciation of all his hard work. Ritchie is one of the top machinists at Conway, and we are proud to have him!
President Tony Davis presents Ritchie Nelson with a watch in appreciation of 10 years of service to CMI.
Francisco J. Sánchez
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.
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