UCT Exhibitor Spotlight: Kem-Tron’s About Face

By Erin Nelsen, Online Editor | September 2010 Vol. 65 No. 9
A worker welds parts of a prototype hydraulic mud mixing machine at Kem-Tron's headquarters in Houston, TX.

However, that’s not to discount the work that goes on in the back shop. For Anderson, fabrication is an equal, if often undervalued, partner to R&D. “The nature of an OEM is its products. If you don’t combine intellectual property with the ability to actually manufacture the equipment, you can’t maintain a dominant economy. Integrated intellectual property and manufacturing is the only way to create a durable competitive advantage.”

Getting Wrapped Around The Work
Kem-Tron’s workers are another area where Anderson has focused energy during 2010’s aggressive reorganization, although not in the usual way that a company in a recession handles tough personnel decisions. “I spent a lot of time this year making improvements in accountability and the humanistic aspects of the business: personnel development, what we do here on a day-to-day, person-to-person basis.” The company has had to terminate 10 people—but it has hired on 20 more.

Kem-Tron's Farrian Reaux greets visitors.

“Being in Houston gives us access to good people—we have the best talent out there when it comes to skilled employees, and you can’t find more diligent, loyal, hardworking people to work in the back shop.”

The rush of growth is contagious. “It’s been exciting to see morale improve as much as it has. The economy is in rough shape, but people are seeing compensation improving, there are raises again, the company is flush, we have work coming in the door. The team is pretty excited to get wrapped around the work again.”

With Kem-Tron’s growth rate projected to keep on climbing, they might just need that energy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kem-Tron http://www.kemtron.com/
Kem-Tron at UCT http://uctonline.com/exhibitor/kem-tron-technologies-inc
UCT 2010 http://uctonline.com/