Founded in 1975, Midwest Laboratories analyzes the components of many different items—from soil, to plant tissue, to dog food, and much more. The processes of testing the items vary, depending on the sample being tested. Government, private organizations, and the public all take advantage of the lab’s services and can request testing of any product for a reasonable price. In addition to in-house testing, Midwest Laboratories professionals take their talents to the field.
One of the fastest growing companies, Molex, stands as number two in the electronics molded connectors industry. The company manufactures electronic, electrical, and fiber optic interconnection products and systems, as well as an assortment of switches and application tooling. The company is proud of the fact that they have earned 529 new patents and 339 new product families all in 2003.
Since 1998, OPTODEV, Inc., a subsidiary of Essilor International, one of the leading global players in health care, has been a producer of high-index ophthalmic lenses for the medical sector. Their plant in Laguna, Philippines is considered a "Center of Manufacturing Excellence" and mass produces a number of Essilor’s more notable brands.
Seattle is home to numerous firms in the life sciences arena. The buildings that house them are often described as mixed use with office, laboratory, and research space. Unlike many such facilities throughout the metropolitan area, however, the Seattle Life Sciences Building at 1124 Columbia Street is located in the heart of the city. It’s within a short distance of major medical centers, Seattle University, and many other downtown attractions.
Continuous Improvement. When there's a great deal of low-hanging fruit to gather, it's an easy concept to embrace. But what happens when all the easy stuff is done and expectations for continuous improvement still exist? Such has been the challenge for Senior Facility Manager, Dan Burris, and his team at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Headway Technologies, a TDK subsidiary.