Kinedyne Corp., a manufacturer of cargo control products, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of its facility in Lawrence, Kan. In the spring of 1990, soon after it was acquired by the company along with other assets of the cargo control division of Aeroquip Corp., the site launched warehouse operations. The facility now has the capacity to sew and fabricate many Kinedyne products, including strap assemblies and cargo nets. The site has evolved into a major hub for many of the company’s operations, from global purchasing, logistics and human resources to a fully-staffed call center and a quality control and testing lab.
“Since our manufacturing lines started rolling back in 1990, we’ve focused on ensuring excellence in everything we do – from our production to our employees to the finished product,” says Steve Atzeni, vice president of operations for North America, who is based at the Lawrence plant. “This commitment to quality is deeply ingrained in our entire team. In fact, a large number of our employees at the Lawrence plant have been with us since the day we acquired the facility.”
The facility – which achieved the ISO 9001:2000 certification of its Quality Management System (QMS) in 2008 – is Kinedyne’s first facility in the United States to receive this internationally recognized quality management certification. The plant also serves as the company’s primary site for the production of load securement equipment used by the U.S. military.