Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor Engages Iowa State University’s CIRAS

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Operational Excellence is a Strategic Priority

Radius Steel Fabrication manufacturing process

“Continuous improvement initiatives are essential to our success and are critical for us to stay competitive. "

Radius Steel Fabrication , a division of SOO Tractor is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University as part of a continuous push toward operational excellence in manufacturing.

Bob Coacher, Jim Poe and their team from CIRAS, the industrial research arm of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and part of the College of Engineering, provide the latest technical methods to enhance the performance of Iowa industry. Following site analysis, the CIRAS team will work closely with Radius Steel/SOO management to implement an action plan designed to improve organizational productivity (the ratio of company-wide output to input) based on the proven principles of Lean, Constraint Management (TOC), and Plant Flow Simulation.

“Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor’s leadership team have shown they have a strong vision for ensuring that the company is positioned to continually improve production efficiencies,” says Bob Coacher, CIRAS’ Account Manager. “CIRAS will be working with the operations team to meet this vision by providing solutions for improving flow of manufacturing to meet ever increasing customer demand that will continually strive to reduce costs.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with CIRAS to further improve our processes for ourselves and our customers,” says Dexter Schaible, President of SOO Tractor. “We continue to achieve a 2% year-over-year cost improvement and now look towards creating additional operational efficiency to help reach our 2% this year. With an already impressive 6/10 of 1% in warranty work, Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor is continuously evaluating how we can continue to optimize and increase productivity by improving workflow, efficiency, and the elimination of non-value added activities.”

To remain competitive and to attract manufacturing back to the United States, Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor is striving to become more efficient which directly lowers manufacturing costs, increases cash flow and improves the Company’s bottom line. These benefits are then shared with Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor’s customers and that is a strength that will allow for the U.S.-based manufacturer to take back market share from overseas manufacturing.

Operational efficiency and performance assurance strategically positions Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor for further success as it diversifies into a wider range of markets including heavy equipment/construction , military/defense, oil and gas, refuse and telecommunications.

“Continuous improvement initiatives are essential to our success and are critical for us to stay competitive. Together with operational efficiency, Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor is constantly striving to improve and innovate to be the industry leader,” says Ida Covi, CEO of Radius Steel Fabrication. “We need to be relentless in looking to improve our operations. No matter how small the improvements, they incrementally add value to our goals, lower costs, and lead to even greater manufacturing precision.”

About Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor:

Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor is an established and leading steel fabrication company in the United States producing exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson, AGCO, Hesston, and Challenger.

Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor was established in 1941 to meet the needs of the agricultural machinery industry and has become renowned for the quality of its customized steel fabrication; setting new standards of environmental protection and exceeding the requirements of its clients and partners. We are proud of our ISO certification and in the satisfaction of our customers....we have a warranty rate of 6/10th of 1%.

Radius Steel Fabrication / SOO's tradition of excellence provides customized fabrication integrated with electronics and cutting-edge technology to an expanding range of industries amongst them, Telecommunications, Military/Defense , Heavy Equipment/Construction, refuse, and Oil and Gas.

For more than 70 years of service, Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor’s core values are strong: We believe in providing exceptional quality; we believe in the value of “American manufacturing” we believe in being the best at what we do.”

For more information about Radius Steel Fabrication and to learn what we can do for you, please visit: http://www.radiussteel.com

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