Cornell Iron Works, headquartered in the Crestwood Industrial Park in Mountaintop, PA, with nearly 300 employees, is one of the largest manufacturers of rolling steel doors and grilles for industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings worldwide. “Our culture at Cornell is unique. We believe that our associates should be given the power to be self-driven to perform, and when they are given that freedom, they will act and perform with the best interest of the company in mind” said Joe Heller, Vice President of Operations. The company realized an opportunity to improve their operations by using lean manufacturing techniques to enhance their competitive position and profitability. They partnered with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) to create a customized implementation plan to specifically address opportunities and their “people culture”. Cornell Iron Works and NEPIRC used many lean tools, principles, and procedures to customize them with the company, customers, and industry in mind. Over a year and a half this has helped the company to greatly improve quality and their bottom line. The improvements have also resulted in expansions in capacity, and diminishing lead times. It has also allowed for more time to and resources to devote to new product development and special builds, Heller stated.
Cornell Iron Works is also an International Trade client of NEPA Alliance.