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Clemco Industries


Training Partner: East Central College

Clemco Industries, located in Washington, MO, has participated in the Missouri One Start Training Program for more than 10 years. Clemco has an unmatched understanding of air-powered abrasive blasting applications ranging from surface preparation to shot peening. This knowledge enables them to design, manufacture, deliver and support blasting solutions and corresponding personal protective equipment that are the best fit for their customers’ jobs – resulting in the best ease-of-use, safety, and total cost of ownership in the industry.

As part of their continuous improvement program in 2020, Clemco held a five-day Lean Training event to improve the hydro testing process for their industrial pot line. The training resulted in an annual reduction in inventory work in process by $23,000 and improved production capacity to support additional annual sales in excess of $1,000,000. Clemco was also able to reduce product lead time from 15 days to 5 days, and reduce production reporting from three steps to one. These improvements created an on-time delivery increase from 65% to 85%.

According to the company, the assistance received from Missouri One Start in conjunction with Local Education Agency, East Central College, is extremely important to continued growth and improvement. Training such as the “Lean” event enables the company to maintain their position as a leading industry manufacturer.

About Missouri One Start:

Missouri One Start is a Division within the Department of Economic Development. Training programs are administered regionally by local education agencies (LEAs). In addition to meeting certain eligibility criteria, companies must be making a capital investment five times greater than the amount of training funds they receive.


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